At Performance Staffing Solutions, one of the things we’re most passionate about is helping qualified candidates obtain and keep good, satisfying jobs. One thing job seekers can do to enhance their own career prospects is to consider their own level of employability. Simply put, it’s important to be candid with yourself about the value you offer to employers. Only then can you take practical steps to make yourself an even more appealing candidate.
There are multiple factors that need to fall into place when trying to secure a new job. Your resume must catch the hiring manager’s attention, it must align with the job description and qualifications, it must present you in a professional manner, and then you must interview well and further demonstrate why you are the best fit for the role. Unfortunately, some job seekers are missing some or all of these points, resulting in them being passed over for the next candidate.
There is no denying that job interviews can be stressful and intimidating. In a way, they feel a bit like a blind date where you and the hiring manager are trying to determine if there is a “fit.” Of course, there is plenty of information available online about how to provide an answer to common questions, but you must also be prepared to be faced with strange questions—proverbial curveballs—and be able to think quickly, providing a response that is appreciated by the interviewer.