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First Impressions Make Lasting Impressions

{Note: About Interviewing for a new job.}

You walk into your second interview of the day.  You are the third person to interview for the position at the Company.  Plus, it’s the last interview of the day.  How can you make them remember you over other candidates?  We have all been in the position of underdog or feeling insignificant, but with a few tips, you’ll go from underdog to top dog and from insignificant to unforgettable.

Inquiries, Cover Letters and Emails

When making appointments to meet with anyone in the Company or emailing the Human Resources department to inquiring about a potential job, keep it professional, but don’t be afraid to let some of your personality shine through.  Try to stay away from “To Whom It May Concern” or general addresses of the like do a little research on the company and title the cover letter or email to Human Resources Director or even the CEO, it shows you were willing to go the extra step to personalize the communication.

Resume, Resume, Resume

Over the years, there has been a growing significance to the content of your resume, but now it has become even more imperative to make your resume count.  Get examples of resumes of people you admire and respect and copy the language on those to enhance your resume.  No matter what kind of document you create your resume in (Word, Excel, Photoshop) always send an Adobe PDF with the original document to maintain the format consistently across any platform.

‘My name is Bond, James Bond’, inspired from the book “How to Wow” by Frances Cole Jones

Whether you like it or not, your name is you, you are your name, make it count.  It is the absolute first thing that people see when you send an email, send a letter, or viewing your resume so make people excited to meet you and glad to have met you.  We’re not saying that you have to say, “My name is Smith, John Smith,” but say your name when introducing yourself with clarity and significance.

Ending the Interview or Conversation

Never leave a conversation open-ended, always leave with an action item for you to do.  This ensures your interviewer that you are excited about the job and the possibility of working for them.   A good way to end an interview is to ask them when they are looking to fill the position, or see if you can schedule another meeting with them prior to making the decision.

Follow-up Email or Phone Call

Regardless of how the interview went, whether they hired you on the spot, you didn’t think it was a good fit or were unsure on the Company, always, always, follow up the interview the following day with a thank you email, phone call or note.  Recap the meeting, highlights from the interview, and ways in which you are excited for the opportunity with the Company.

Finally, you are a unique person and only you can show that through your communications, make it happen.

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