This time of year it’s always the same thing – everywhere you turn you see some form of pink or red, hearts, chocolates, flowers, and cutesy Valentine’s Day cards. This holiday is about showing love and appreciation to the people you care about. Personally, I look forward to the days after because that’s when all the chocolates go on sale. Whether you’re feeling the spirit of love or not, there’s a lot we can take away from this holiday and use when searching for a job. Here are five tips you can take away from Valentine’s Day when interviewing for a new job:
- Be prepared – Whether it’s a date or an interview, you want to make sure you are on time. Nothing peeves interviewers and hiring managers more than someone being late. You want to make sure you respect the time they are taking out of THEIR day to sit down and have a conversation with YOU. Also, make sure you know the name of the person you are meeting with and be friendly!
- Resume – You wouldn’t re-gift something to your date, would you? The same applies for a resume. You don’t want to reuse the same resume and cover letter for each job you apply for. Make sure you are updating it and tailoring it to the job you want.
- Dress to impress – First impressions are everything! This should go without saying. Make sure you look presentable but also dress for the occasion. You’re not going to wear a suit to a bowling alley just like you wouldn’t wear a suit to a job interview for a general labor position.
- Be engaged – Sit up straight, make eye contact, and ask questions. This again applies to both dating and on a job interview. Poor posture and body language could cost you the job – or another date. Practice in front a mirror or with friends if you need to.
- Follow up – Have you heard of the “3 Day Rule” in dating? The “3 Day Rule” is where one should wait up to three days before calling your potential suitor again. Try this with the company you interviewed with. Following up confirms your interest in the position and will take you one step ahead of the other interviewers or potential suitors. The reason for the three day wait is because calling too soon could make you come off as a little desperate, and waiting too long or not calling at all will make it seem like you’re not interested.
I hope you learned something today and can apply these tips to your job search or your dating life. Just call me Life Coach, Annette. More tips to come soon!
Annette has been with AurStaff since September 1995. She began as a part-time Recruiter and has worked her way up to Senior Account Manager. She enjoys the satisfaction of taking a great candidate and placing them with a great client and seeing it grow into a successful placement for both. In Annette’s spare time, she enjoys boating and camping with her family.