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    Perhaps you were part of the big 2021 retirement and are looking for another job in 2022. Perhaps you are a parent ready to return to work after helping your kids with virtual school. Or you are just ready to start something new.

    Whatever the reason, now is the time to improve your resume, think about your transferable skills, and, yes, learn how to interview with a robot.

    Here are five tips for your next job in the new year.

    1. Build the best resume

    There is a fine line between making your resume stand out and meeting the standards employers expect to simplify the hiring process for them.

    The format of your resume

    Here are a few basics for a resume format:

    • Limit it to a page or a page and a half with plenty of white space.
    • An online resume can contain hyperlinks to your portfolio or other examples of your work.
    • Always send it as a PDF.
    • Avoid new fonts and stick with Ariel, Times Roman, or Cambria.

    Content of your résumé

    In addition to basic contact details, education, and work experience, make sure you include:

    • Use keywords on your resume, usually in the job description within your work experience. But only use words that logically fit. Don’t put every possible keyword on your resume.
    • Academic or professional honors.
    • Additional software knowledge, certifications or other training.
    • Interesting hobbies, voluntary work or organizations.

    The last and most important tip: proofreading. Proofread. Proofread. Get a friend to proofread. Get another friend to proofread. Then proofread it again.

    For more detailed information on how to write a résumé, check out this post on how to write a résumé.

    2. Write a great cover letter

    Pooh. You finish the résumé and then there is the dreaded cover letter.

    It has to say why you’re the best person for the job without sounding like you’re confident and spitting out all the usual accolades. Here are some basic tips on how to write a cover letter.

    • Never write “Dear Sir or Madam”. Try to find the name of the hiring manager or open with «Dear HR team».
    • Keep everything on one page – or less.
    • Give details of what you like about the company and the position. Do some research on the employer to find something special.
    • Showcase your experience and skills without sounding like a braggart. This is a fine line to walk, but it is very doable. Instead of «I know more about X than anyone,» try «I know that my three years of experience in X gives me the background to be an important part of your team.»
    • Find some value or past experience that is in line with that company’s growth or philosophy.
    • Discuss the next steps, such as: B. a phone call or an email, an appointment for an interview or attending an open house.

    3. Master an interview with a webcam

    In the age of remote work, the interview process is also getting further and further removed.

    Sometimes a live interviewer doesn’t come into the process until the second round. Unfortunately, employers have found that they can screen 20, 30, or 50 applicants without hiring a live individual to do the job.

    So, you need some video interview tips for your meeting with a robot. Using artificial intelligence, it evaluates your body language and eye contact, as well as answers to written or oral questions.

    Prepare a list in advance of terms such as «team player» or skills that will be used in the job posting and use them in your responses. Example: If the position requires three years of experience, use the phrase “three years” or “more than three years” in your responses.

    4. Remember to say thank you

    It’s not stupid, it’s a common courtesy that employers not only notice but expect. When you meet a real person online or in person, make sure you get their email address so that you can send an email thanking you for their time and attention.

    This is another opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

    Repeat the points that you raised in your interview and that were well received: «As discussed, I would include X in your team» or «I have great interest and experience with your latest project, X.»

    You can also add another example of your work that you haven’t sent yet but realized during the interview that it would be helpful.

    5. Follow up

    Yes, you could risk feeling like a stalker, but it’s perfectly acceptable to double-check the hiring process after your thank you email.

    Make sure to inquire about the hiring period during your interview so that you can refer to it for follow-up. Most employers take longer than expected so you probably won’t find out about the job in the allotted time. And unfortunately, fewer and fewer companies let you know if they have filled the position with someone who is not you.

    So a couple of weeks after your interview, it’s okay to send a casual email to see if there’s any news.

    When deciding how to follow up after an interview, remember to keep things casual, not demanding, respectful, and confident. Nobody wants to hire a candidate who sounds impatient, desperate, or passive-aggressive.

    Seasoned journalist Katherine Snow Smith is a former writer with The Penny Hoarder. It covers ways to make money, save money, and other topics. Her work has been published in the Tampa Bay Times, the Charlotte Business Journal, and Greenville (SC) News. She is the author of Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker.




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