HOW TO MAKE GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AS A HARDHAT PROFESSIONAL JOB SEEKER
“You are Amazing!” right? All of your friends say it. But how do you translate that to the job you want at your future company, without getting lost between the thousands of other job seekers, who are fishing for the same spot?
Hardhat Employers, often receive too many job applications, and will not be able to interview everyone. Your challenge is to make your application, stand out even before you get your foot in the door. Although getting the interview is your goal when seeking a job, the first of the job application process is also important.
Here are some of my tips for Construction Job Seekers who want to make a first good impression:
- DON’T WAIT FOR EMPLOYERS TO ADVERTISE VACANCIES
A bold proactive strategy could also pay off; I still receive many job applications, regretting that I don’t have openings for the ones whose personalities shine with potential.
- BE AWARE OF YOUR IMAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
This is the easiest way for employers to get a feel for who you are.
- YOU ARE YOUR OWN QUALITY-CONTROL CHAMPION
That means you should pay close attention to every step in the application process to ensure that your message is on target and relevant to what the employer is seeking,” says Dawn Rasmussen, president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services.
The devil is in the details” and if you put effort into this first step, it will set a precedent for your future work ethic.
- CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING (ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR APPLICATION IS DONE ONLINE)
- Use correct language (spelling and sentence construction)
- Do not use social media shorthand or emoticons
- Be clear on your goal
- Be respectful in your cover letter and all correspondence, even if you did not get the position, to leave a positive lasting impression.
- Use keywords in your CV highlighting your skills, and specifically the ones matching those required for that job opening
- Make an Impact (if your experience is not impressive yet, at least then make an impressive CV, to show your skills and creativity)
- Your CV should be appealing to read. That means having white space around the edge, using bullet points, and simple fonts.
- Say thank you. Common courtesy at the beginning of the application process can set you apart from other candidates. End your initial email application, for example, by thanking the recruiter for taking the time to review your materials.
Remember your first impression is made through your initial contact with a potential employer be it via email, social media or an accidental introduction.
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