TOP 5 Central Florida JobSeeker Questions... Answered!
We are excited to use this month's Juice to answer questions from Central Florida job seekers. We always want to hear from you! If you have new questions you would like to get answered, please reach out to us on social media or via email (listed at the end of the article) for any of your job searching needs. Now, let's go and answer your questions!
1. How do you ask for a salary range before an interview? So many people waste their time interviewing for jobs that they have to turn down because the salary is well below their expectations. The best way to do it is to ask when they set up the interview. Say this, "I am excited to interview for this job. Is it possible to get an idea of compensation for this opportunity to make sure it fits what I am currently considering?" Most employers and recruiters appreciate this since they certainly don't want to waste their time if they can't meet your salary expectations.
2. What do employers look for in a resume? Employers hate to decipher your resume to determine if your skills match the job requirements. You will get their attention for resumes with a clear job title ("Office Manager") and clear skills listed below the title that MATCHES the skills in the job description. Remember, the job description has the "keywords" and skills needed to get the job. These skills need to be showcased clearly at the top of your resume. Refer to this article for more details (Resume Optimization to get a great job).
3. During Covid, I had five different jobs, and I think it is why I am not getting the interview. What should I do? Covid was not kind to most resumes. While most employers understand that Covid affects everyone differently, they are willing to basically "write off" your Covid employment. To ensure, after each job, you can give your reason for leaving (keep it short). Job history is essential but worry more about the skill set needed to get any job you are applying to and make sure that is very clear on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
4. What causes an interview to go wrong? So many things. However, the number one reason an interview goes bad is that the job seeker doesn't control the things they have total control over. This includes professional appearance (especially in video interviews), the inability to learn everything they can about the company, how they make revenue, and even research the person interviewing them. The next colossal mistake many make is not using real examples of their past experience to answer questions like, "tell me about your work background ."Finally, many job seekers turn negative on past employers instead of just concentrating on the exact job needs of the employer.
5. I applied for a job that fits my background perfectly, but it has been two weeks, and I have not heard back from the employer. What should I do? This is the number one complaint of job seekers. So many people apply for jobs they can't get because employers made it so easy to apply quickly. This creates a tremendous workload for the employer; sometimes, they don't call ALL the good resumes. Employers want to hire. You can't sit back and wait if you know you are a good fit for the job. I have had great success coaching job seekers to use LinkedIn to identify possible hiring managers and reach out to them via a connection request. The message let them know you just applied to their position and would be very excited to interview. Just make sure your LinkedIn profile is optimized because it is now your resume.
If they have an opening and you fit, you go right to the top of the list. You can also identify the HR or talent acquisition manager and send them an email expressing your interest in the position. Simple stuff, but this works well. If you have any questions, please email them to me! firstname.lastname@example.org