VIDEO: Interview Tips and Job Search Strategies
There are many facets to the job search process. From crafting the perfect resume to networking with the right people to being fully prepared for your interview, you have a variety of opportunities to impress your potential future employer. Learn how to properly leverage yourself for success in this video featuring three of WinterWyman's knowledgeable staffing employees!
Searching for a job is an active process. Applying the right strategy to your job search is vital to success. Impressing an employer with your resume is necessary to land an interview, and our managers have helpful tips for how to properly format your resume. Highlighting your skills in a certain manner, or addressing gaps in your employment with a strong cover letter, will give you the upper hand in landing an interview. Once your job search has led to an interview, you can take specific steps to ace the interview. By heeding the tips in this video, you will come off as a strong candidate, and your job search will soon be over!
Tracy Cashman, Senior Vice President and Partner, WinterWyman Executive Search
In terms of resume viewing, I would say, myself, I'm pretty quick. I'm a quick reader. So that helps, but it kind of leads to the larger question, which I always tell candidates, of most hiring managers are going to give your resume, you're lucky if you get 30 seconds. They're busy. They've got other things going on. So one of the pieces of advice that we give to people, in terms of their resumes, is to make sure whatever is most marketable and valuable about you is in that top half of your resume. Sometimes I'll see people's resumes that have this great experience, but it's filled with fluff at the top, and you're not getting to the core stuff that's going to sell them.
Frank Dadah, Managing Director, WinterWyman Contract Staffing
Think consistency in jobs. So that doesn't necessarily mean that you've worked in the same company for five or six years, but it means you've been in the same type of work for five or six years. So if a candidate's gone from bookkeeping to cooking in a restaurant to back to bookkeeping, it's not necessarily as appealing as somebody who's kept their skills fresh in accounting throughout their entire career.
Tracy Cashman, Senior Vice President and Partner, WinterWyman Execuitive Search
When I'm looking at a resume, I think I look for a variety of things. It may be quick, but sometimes it might be a technology. Sometimes it might be a particular company if it's a company I'm familiar with and I know they have a good training program. Sometimes it's longevity. Sometimes it's degree because it depends on the search that I'm working on in the back end. So a particular client may be attracted to different things. So I have to read a resume kind of through the eyes of a client.
You know, it's always tough, I think, if you have a gap in your resume. I think one of the things you can do is, if you're in a position to write a cover letter, to maybe address it. There are certainly moms that chose to stay home for a few years or if somebody stayed home to take care of an ill family member or if you're just out of work. Sometimes it's good if you're coming right off that gap, contract work can be a solution to kind of get your foot back into the industry. Obviously, networking, it's one of the things that you hear a lot about, but it's true. Someone who knows you is more likely to take a risk on you, even if you've been out of work for a couple of years versus the stranger that just gets your resume in a pile. Sometimes we can help advocate, depending on our relationship with the particular client. But being honest is usually the best way to go. Don't try to sugar coat it. Be up front about it, whether it's putting a little blurb on your resume explaining the gap or putting it in a cover letter or addressing somebody face to face.
Laurie Lopez, Partner/Manager of Business Development, WinterWyman Contract Staffing
Number one tip, be prepared. I think it's very important that people are prepared when they come in for an interview, whether they have hopefully done their research on the company. They need to understand to bring a notebook, take notes, and ask good questions that are well thought out and smart.