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First Impressions

Whether you’re getting an after-school job or your first position within your chosen career field there are some simple steps you can take to increase your “marketability,” your ability to sell yourself to your desired employer. I recently sat down with a local Human Resource professional and got some valuable tips on successful interviewing techniques. After all, you have to get hired in order to work!

First impressions are very important. For most prospective employees the first impression is the resume or completed job application. Please make sure that you’ve read your resume through, read it again, then given it to someone you trust to read it through for spelling and grammatical errors.

The second part to your first impression is the interview itself. It is important that you arrive on time, or at the very most 10 minutes early. This will give you a chance to complete an application, if necessary, and take a few moments to collect yourself. It’s difficult to present your best self if you’re rushing around. If for any reason you think you’re going to be late, you must call to notify your interviewer. This is respectful of their time and shows that you are responsible. Your appearance should be appropriate for the workplace. Your attitude should be alert, interested, aware and giving your whole attention to the interviewer.

What is he or she looking for in an employee? Someone who is dependable and willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. The successful candidate will show an aptitude and willingness to learn the job then go the extra mile; someone who takes pride in the job well done.

Good luck!