How to Sell Yourself, Both on Paper, And In an Interview
When it comes to job hunting, we all need the advantage to get us noticed by all the other applicants. This can start with selling yourself on your CV and showing all your strengths in carrying this forward into the interview.
On both occasions you have to sell yourself as the best candidate yet you must never oversell yourself as this will seem unnatural and will be held against you.
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First up, you must have a compelling CV that not only contains the correct information. It must also be easy for the interviewer to scan over. All CV’s should begin with a substantial opening section. This can be a short personal mission statement, or if there is relevant information to show, you can add this in bullet points.
When constructing your new creative resume words need to be chosen carefully especially in the opener. You have limited space to entice the recruiter to read the rest of your CV. All it takes is around 50 well-chosen words that will at a glance sell you and your skills to the employer.
Careful Words on Your Resume
Clichés should never be used. Everyone says they possess excellent communication skills and can work in a team. When you mention this, and your resume is in a pile of others. What makes you stand out from all the others and would make you the person to speak to further?
No sentence on your resume should start with “I” which can be difficult if you are writing about yourself. Not only that the structure of your CV should be directed toward the person, who is going to be reading it. You should also never say you “think” you are an excellent candidate for the position, tell them you are an excellent candidate.
Once you have edited your CV to make the most significant impact toward the recruiter, you will then have the interview to attend. Again you will need to sell yourself as what is written on your resume.
How to Ace the Interview
Acing the all-important interview is a skill. You can have the best credentials and abilities yet if it all falls down when you are being interviewed none of that will matter.
It is true that employers want the person with the right skills, yet they want to know the type of person you are and more importantly, the type of employee you will be in their company. The following is what employers look for in potential employees:
- Interpersonal and Communication skills
- Honesty and integrity
- Teamwork working ability
- Reliable and responsible,
- Strong working ethics
- Motivated and flexible
- Analytical and computer skills
- Good Organization skills
As you can see the technical skills are toward the bottom of the list, a good employee can be trained in these yet it is important they feel that you are worth their investment.
Selling Yourself in Your Interview
It might feel overwhelming when you are in the interview yet there are things you can to market yourself and show you are the best person for the job.
Carry yourself with confidence is one of the leading things that will make you stand out. It is more than your answers to questions; it is how you answer that can be significant. Body language can have a tremendous impact as we do things we are not aware of. If you find you are fidgeting or slumped in the chair, it will make you appear that you are not focused or interested.
A good posture and keep eye contact as you shake hands or speak, and never use the words “Like” or “um.”
Dress to Impress
Dressing appropriately toward the industry that you are applying can help. If you choose something that is comfortable, it is much better than finding you have a label or a seam which is irritating you.
Practice Your Responses
There are many questions the interviewers ask that are common, and this is not to say your answers have to be. To make sure your response to their questions will be memorable you need to be specific. Vague answers will not do you much good, offer them facts and figures of the successes you brought.
Buzzwords that crop up should be refrained from being used “Detail-oriented” or “Self-starter.” Here you should translate your response and explain why you are a self-starter or detail oriented.
Answers should be brief yet giving the information the interviewer wishes to hear. When asked a question, pause for a second before replying so you can structure your response without talking for ten minutes.
Being calm and collected is easier said than done, yet as long as you can relay what is on your CV in a personal manner, it will become more natural and will stand you in good stead to moving onto the next stage.