Job Searching: The Importance of Dressing Up
The Never-ending Job Search
Yesterday I had another interview. It was fairly last minute, and I rushed to the bathroom, showered, changed, dressed, did my make-up and hair.... It was online with no video camera. My boyfriend was perplexed. Why was I going to all this trouble, when the interviewer wasn't going to see me?? My answer - it makes me feel better, more confident in my responses. What if, mid-interview they had asked me to video chat? It all worked out - I am fairly certain I got the job!
It also worked out that I got another interview arranged just a short while later, that was a video interview - and I was ready.
There are several things you should do for a video interview already mentioned above:
- Clean up: If you get ready like it is a face-to-face interview, your demeanor changes. Your attitude, your awareness of self; your confidence.
- Dress-up: they may want to see you, even if you don't think it might go there. It gives you a confidence in the process that you do not gain otherwise. Plus, they may want to see how deal with the unexpected. Be ready for anything; right now!
- Do your hair: nicely, for the same reasons listed above.
- Put on perfume or cologne; you like it - it gives you confidence.
Your Resume - Update it!
Resume Skills & Bullet Points
Make sure that your skill-set has the keywords used within the posted position in it! If the company uses OCR scanning software to screen email submissions - you definitely want yours to pass the scan and get looked at! One more point: if you are emailing directly to someone to review, have bullet points, and make it pretty! HOWEVER, if you are submitting via any of the job board sites save a version that is an .rtf file so you can tell the difference, and remove all of the bullet points. I have found that when it gets uploaded into most interfaces, the bullet points don't get translated well, and end up as very weird looking ASCII text. (see above photo for no bullet points)
What is your favorite Job Board to use?
So many choices.... which Job Board gives you the best results? (I'll limit it to the big ones... and Other)
Lastly: Beware of Scammers!!
So I have had my first real scam attempted (that I let flow a little further forward thinking the sheriff department could actually do something). In my determined attempt to gain decent employment, a career.... I had a 'wait-a-minute, this sounds too good to be true' incident. Well, thank you to my southern-California raised cynicism, I am happy to report it failed. But what a time-waster! I felt it was a scam from the get-go, but allowed them to actually send me something. Which I took to the sheriff department.
Unfortunately, there is nothing the sheriff can do about it - apparently they get hundreds of these reports per month. So I say to you - use Google, it is your friend. Google the name of the person in the text with the company name, like this: "John Doe" "Bhushan Steel*" in the Google search bar. Then go find the company website, and in my case I contacted their HR department and asked about the employees by name - the HR department will give you a yes or no answer on whether someone works for them. I explained what was happening in my 'Interviewing Process' and the rep stated neither of the names provided worked there, and that "X company would NEVER send you a check, or ask you to pay for X." The scammer wanted me to buy some software to connect to the company VPN... maybe $50-$100 software? Nope - they sent me $3,450.00!
My favorite part was the nigerian gentleman who called me from what sounded like a tele-marketing room, stating the he was the company attorney, and that they would be suing me for not sending their check back. I told them to get it back from the sheriff department after 30 days!
Be leary.... I asked this latest attempt: ...before you continue, may I ask if you require any type of fees or check cashing? to move forward if I am selected?
No response. So I sent them Bhushan Steel's warning. Stay safe out there in your searching, and good luck! I believe a good old phone interview, inviting you to a face-to-face is still your best chance of not being a scam victim. The company spokesperson for the phone interview may not be local, but the location you will be working from is - and someone should be able to have a sit-down with you!
*I am using Bhushan Steel, a real company as my example, as they are 'on to' the scam. On the company website they have this warning in bright red at the bottom of their website: Job seekers Alert !
It has been brought to our notice that certain individuals are misleading job applicants by claiming themselves to be employees of Bhushan Steel Ltd or as authorized job agency of Bhushan Steel Ltd. They have been misguiding the candidates to deposit certain amount of money in lieu of providing employment or as deposit towards travel for final interview round, etc.
Bhushan Steel Ltd does not take any such fees/facilitation charges in lieu of employment.
Anyone dealing with such an agency/employment portal/individual will be doing so at his/her own risk and the Company will not be held responsible for such loss or damage suffered directly or indirectly.