Get on that Interview List!
You’ve studied hard, stayed the course. Hopefully passed with flying colours! Now it’s time to reap the rewards. The whole point of qualifying is to get that dream job - but the recruitment process can feel like a bit of a maze these days. Want help getting on that interview list? Read on, here are some don't dos! ….
MISTAKE NO.1: Submitting your resume for a job or company which doesn’t match your values.
There is no point trying to fit a square peg (you!) into a round hole (them!) no matter how much you want or need the work. If the job is really not for you HAVE FAITH; let it pass by and know that in doing so you will start the process to manifest the perfect one.
It's important only to apply for jobs you really aspire to; to avoid starting jobs and then having to leave because you made an uninformed or hasty decision. Employees are part of the life-blood of any salon, spa or clinic so employers look for reliability and staying power in your resume. Know yourself. Make good decisions. Stay in each job as long as you can and leave only when you have a good reason which is easily explained on your resume.
MISTAKE NO.2: Sending out a generic resume.
Create a master resume containing ALL of your qualifications, experiences, skills, accolades and attributes. Then each time you apply for a job copy the master document and save it in the name of the company you are applying to and tailor it to fit the job in question.
MISTAKE NO.3: Writing a book!
It pays to make the recruiter’s job as easy as possible. They'll have a list of skills and attributes they are trying to match the information in the resumes to. When we tailor our resumes to each new job application and keep them to one A4 page we are making it easy for them to tick all their boxes!
MISTAKE NO.4: Omitting a covering letter.
While your resume pretty much contains the black and white facts, figures, nuts & bolts to help the recruiter quickly assess whether or not you meet the needs of the position, your cover letter can be a more personal introduction to illuminate your personality and highlight your aspirations. It should give the recruiter a feel for who you are.
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MISTAKE NO.5: Bad grammar & spelling mistakes.
Sounds harmless but this is such a no-no! Many professionals use grammar as a barometer for our level of education. They want to make a good impression with their clients at every level and so will look for a good command of the English language. Use the spell checkers, recruit help of family and friends. Make it perfect!
MISTAKE NO.6: Forgetting to check your resume before sending it out.
First impressions count and so it pays to take a step back and check your resume will not let you down. You've done a lot of work and it would be very sad for it to be discounted because of simple avoidable errors. Read your resume aloud and get a family member or friend to check it over before you send. Attention to detail is important to prospective employers in the industry so show them you have that skill!
MISTAKE NO.7: Not conveying an understanding of commercial concerns.
We may be THE best Massage Therapist, Nail Technician or Beautician in the world; but if we are not commercially aware prospective employers know this can negatively affect the success of their business. Demonstrate your understanding in your resume and covering letter. Nail that job!
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MISTAKE NO.8: Wee little white lies!
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone just spoke the truth! A very different place! Honesty is always the best policy. Yes it's tempting to dress things up a little but plain truth helps the recruiter and helps you eventually too from over-selling yourself and ending up stressed out! Always be your authentic self!
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MISTAKE NO.9: Too much personal soap-boxing.
In the interests of helping the recruiter; only add personal information if it is in some way relevant to a skill or an attribute desirable for the job. Recruiters love applicants who make their job easy! It’s a sure way to get on the interview list!
MISTAKE NO.10: Sharing too much about your long-term plans.
Prospective employers want to know you’re in for the long haul. Recruiting is expensive and exhausting! For instance, if it’s a full-time career role and you proudly share you plan to travel the world in the next 12 months your resume will be on the NO list like a hot potato! You should be honest so perhaps a good idea only apply for jobs that fit in with your personal plans.
MISTAKE NO.11: Expressing inflexibility around money, hours or other job conditions.
Save these kinds of things for the interview. Often, if you are the best candidate for the job you may find these things have some flexibility and can be negotiated at a later stage but, stating them in your resume or covering letter runs the risk of getting you eliminated from the process at an early stage.
MISTAKE NO.12: Including referee contact details in your resume.
With-holding referee contact information from your resume means the recruiter must call you first to receive them. This is helpful for three reasons: Firstly you will know you are on the short list for interview! Yay! Secondly it gives you an opportunity to have a conversation with the recruiter and make a good verbal impression; and thirdly it allows you to make sure your referees know the call is coming, who it is that might be calling, and the things that will be important to help you get the job - so they can prepare.
Get on the interview list!
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