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You Got the Job: So Now What?

congratsCongratulations! You got the job, so what do you do now?

Be On Time:

If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; if you’re late, you’re fired.

Be Proactive:

Take initiative. Do what you know you have to do, and then some. In other words, show leadership.

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Getting the Job Part 3: The Interview

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So you’ve sent in your job application, printed off your resume, and now the employer would like for you to come in for an interview. Uh oh, how prepared are you? Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it.

Appropriate Attire:

As I’ve mentioned before, dress for the job you want, not the job you’re getting. You never get a second chance to make a first impression and you want to start this off right.

You’ll want to stick to conservative and neutral colors like browns and blacks. If you want to throw a little color in there, think about green, which is the color of money and can send a subconscious message that you’ll be able to bring real dollar value to the company. Stay away from bright primary colors like red and yellow because you want your interviewer focused on your words, not your outfit.-mashable.com

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Getting the Job Part 2: Cover Letter & Resume

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Cover letters and resumes often go hand in hand when applying for a job so this post is dedicated to how they should be done.

Cover Letters:

  • Cover letters should be concise (less than a full-page) and tailored to the particular company you are applying for. If the same cover letter can be used for various companies, it’s not specific enough.
  • The cover letter should not summarize your resume-that’s what your resume is for. Instead, the cover letter should only briefly touch on highlights of the resume and leave the details to the resume itself.
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Getting the Job Part 1: Applying

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If you are among the many people looking for a job, you may find these next few posts very interesting. I have decided to write a four post series on getting the job, starting with the first step: applying.

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Deadlines- Don’t Miss Them

The application for your first choice school is due tomorrow and you haven’t even begun to fill it out yet. The application for that program you’ve been dying to participate in is due in two days and you haven’t completed it yet. That scholarship application is also due tomorrow- oh, wait! That was yesterday.

Deadlines are extremely important for anything that you do. Missing a deadline often results in your application either going straight to the bottom of the pile of other applications- which were on time- or not being reviewed at all. If you miss the deadline, you’ll likely miss out on a great experience. Being prompt says a lot about one’s character. If you’re on time, or early for that matter, employers and application reviewers will see that you are truly interested in whatever you applied for. It shows that you are mature and reliable.

What is the point of having an outstanding application that you can’t even turn in because it was late? Missing a deadline is like missing your paycheck. You wouldn’t miss your paycheck would you? You worked hard on your application so someone should see it.

If you miss your paycheck, your piggy bank will look like this.

Time management is a valuable asset that can enrich your future. Time management and promptness goes hand in hand. They’re practically engaged. If something has a deadline, don’t hesitate to mark it in your calendar. It’s a lot better than rushing to do it the night before. Trust me, nothing good ever comes from procrastination.

In short, if you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; and if you’re late, you’re fired. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Deadlines are very important and should not be missed. Some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means that they are continuously reviewed in the order that they are received. If you send in your application early, you can quickly be accepted if you qualify and you won’t have to worry about being wait listed.

It’s better to do it now than later. Time management and promptness can enrich your future.

They say better late than never, but never late is better.

-Drake