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How To Interact With Potential Employers Effectively

Jul 17, 2008
Many people are unaware of the etiquette of formal and professional communications. Miscommunication or misinterpretation leaves a gap between the employer and the potential employee that becomes difficult to bridge. This tends to happen often with new and fresh employment seekers who have no clue as to how to create an effective first impression.

It is imperative to make an impact right from the very start; this usually carries through the rest of the recruitment process. Depending on the requirement of the employer, you are either asked to e-mail or call for an appointment. You must always remember that you are the one seeking the job whereas the employer has a choice.

Keeping this in mind, being polite and courteous is vital if you are to be considered in a positive light.

A Descriptive Resume

When applying for a job, make sure your bio is descriptive and captivating. This does not mean pages and pages of irrelevant material about yourself. The recruiter will not read long, boring bios. Only include the most important flattering points about your past - especially the ones that pertain to the job or tasks you are interested in taking on in the future.

Put yourself in the place of the recruiter. Make your bio accurate, relevant, honest, interesting, and brief.

Wear Appropriate Attire and Be On Time

When preparing to meet your potential employer, dress appropriately. Your attire will speak for you before you even open your mouth. Being on time for the interview is essential; you might be only one of several candidates being interviewed; besides, being late for an interview also gives the recruiter a clue as to what kind of employee you will be.

If you are made to wait, then make sure you do so politely. Expressing agitation for having to wait will only have a negative impact. Try deep breathing exercises in order to stay as calm and relaxed as possible while you wait.

When you eventually go in to meet the employer, let your confidence go before you. When introducing yourself, make sure you stay on point - don't ramble on about irrelevancies. It's important to convey the fact that you are there because you are interested in the job and that you are more than qualified to take on its responsibilities.

A combination of humility, assurance, and confidence will work best to impress your interviewer. You want to come across as a person who is willing to work, who has the right attitude, and as someone who has the knowledge and skills to get the job done.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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