Your resume is ready. And spell-checked. Your portfolio kicks butt (and doesn’t include any proprietary information that could get you fired). You have calls, inmails and emails coming out of your ears.
What not to do: A position you’re interested in requires a bunch of information to apply (cover letter, resume, portfolio, references). Do you give it up?
Do you prepare the bundle of requested information? DO DO NOT – Create a customizable cover letter template, – Make the end user (hiring manager, recruiter) and use it work to figure out why you’re the guy/gal for the – Send the requested materials in the requested job format, unless you have a legitimate concern – Send something that could get you canned
What not to do: The gatekeeper asks you to revise your resume. It’s going to take time, and their changes are contrary to what other recruiters, friends, career counselors and THE INTERNETS have advised
Do you make requested changes to your resume? DO DO NOT – Make the changes – Fall on your sword over this
You really want to work from home a couple of days a week.
DO DO NOT – Decide if it is a condition of taking the job or not – Make this a condition of your employment – Be careful in how you ask about this unless it really is a necessity – Ask about WFH during your initial conversations, unless it’s a requirement for you
What not to do: Your last job was the seventh level of hell (through no fault of your own). Do you cite this as a reason you are looking for a new position?
DO DON’T – Put a positive spin on why you’re leaving. Be – Let the bad vibes of your old place stick to you clear about what you want, and don’t dwell on when you’re trying to move forward what you don’t want. – Talk s$*&% – Focus more on the future than the past – Put it behind you
What not to do: You’re interviewing for three roles. Do you tell the hiring manager/recruiter you have other irons in the fire? Should you go on interviews for the job that is your third choice?
DO DON’T – Be transparent about what you have going on if – Mislead a company about your interest, or anybody is sticking their neck out for availability you/rearranging their schedules/going out of their way to meet with you (this includes your friends who reco’d you for the job, the recruiter, and the hiring manager)
What not to do: After interviewing, you’ve decided the position is not a good fit for you. Should you let anybody know, or wait to see if there’s an offer?
DO DO NOT – Man up and let them down quickly – Be a wimp.
What not to do: You’re stuck waiting in reception for half an hour before your interview. What do you do?
DO DO NOT – Be pleasant – Get snippy w the receptionist – Spend a half hour in the bathroom – Pick your nose – Have a phone conversation – Be weird
What not to do: You interviewed for a job, and haven’t heard back. What should you do?
DO DO NOT – Send a note reiterating your interest and – Assume the worst thanking the person who set up the interview – Send a note or leave a message assuming the for their time and help worst – Ask what the timeline is – Let the hiring manager know if you have any upcoming deadlines (i.e. other offers) – Check in periodically
What not to do: You got an offer, but the job pays less than what you’re asking for/isn’t the title you were expecting…
DO DO NOT – Decide what’s really important to you – Take any offer personally – Ask for what you want (assuming it’s in reason) – Let a great opportunity get by because of pride