7 Things You Could Be Doing While We Write Your Resume
Let’s face it – your resume isn’t going to write itself.
Now, the good news is we can do it for you. And while we do that, you might think all you have to do sit around, waiting for the winter to (finally) come, drink copious amounts of your favorite beverage, binge-watch on Netflix and… oh, wait for your resume to be ready!
Well, while we’re tackling that big, scary monster that you call “writing my resume” – and don’t worry, no monster is being harmed in the process – you could do plenty of other things.
So press pause and reconsider these seven things you could do while we write your resume.
Look Out for New Jobs
Obviously, the first thing would be to start your search for jobs. While applying isn’t an option yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t look for current vacancies – get an idea of the type of what the market’s presenting at the moment. And while you’re looking, think about your own career objectives and qualifications. What can you realistically do? What would you like your career to be? What are your strong suits?
Save the list of vacancies. Once you have your resume ready, you can apply for them straight away, saving you time later on.
Get Ready for Interviews
With a great resume, you’ll stand a better chance of getting to the interview. But don’t forget about the techniques you’ll need to score the job in a face-to-face interview. While you’re waiting for your resume, it’s time to brush up your interview techniques. So take a piece of paper and start working out your weaknesses and your strengths. Write down the toughest questions and your answers. Be sure you have a clear vision of who you are and where you want to go. Working your presentation in front of a mirror is a good idea to observe and correct your posture, gesture and mimic.
You could also ask a friend to help you with role-playing. They can ask the likely—and tricky—questions, you can always get new takes on your answers and finally you’ll be ready to rock the interview.
Always (But Always!) Do Your Company Research
Any company you consider applying for a job with will have a history. It will be up to you to show you know it. While you wait for your resume, why not do your research into the companies and the market you’re considering. It shows you’re proactive and you’re really interested in working for this specific company.
Employers like to know that you’re dedicated to the company. Researching and showing that you know about their business or the clients they service will only win you more points.
Connect With the Right People on Social Media
Recruiters and employers are using social media on a regular basis. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, it’s worth connecting with them or the companies you target. But take it down a notch and don’t reach out yet for job opportunities. Be sure to showcase your interest in field you’re applying and share relevant information on a regularly basis.
By getting better at social media and connecting with companies, you’ll be sure your name will be memorable for the right reasons.
Think About Your Questions
Interviews aren’t just the time for employers to question you. Now it’s the perfect time for you to ask them the right questions. Think about it – have you prepared your batch for the interviewer? You might want to find out more about the company’s objectives, the people or specifics of your future job role. This is a great opportunity for you to show genuine interest and to rise above the other candidates.
Now is the perfect time to start writing down a list of questions to ask. And be sure to tailor them specific to each potential company, so you show a real interest in joining the company.
Practice Positive Visualization
Don’t be so fast to run – positive visualization will help you when it comes to remaining calm in stressful situations. It gives you a positive mental attitude going into your interview. Practice this while you’re waiting for your resume, and keep practicing afterwards, even right before entering the meeting room. Tips include to picture yourself relaxed and comfortable, and to imagine yourself at the top of your game.
Relax and Enjoy Your Free Time
Over-preparing is a real thing. This is why relaxing and enjoying some of your free time is still important. Employers want someone who is dedicated but also confident and laid back at the same time; someone who knows how to switch off from work and enjoy time with the family. Waiting for your resume will give you some time to do just that.
So now’s a good time to set back, relax, resume your binge-watching and pour some more of that delicious beverage we were talking about. What was that, anyway? 🙂