Things you should know
A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress. While you don't have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, putting in a little extra effort will pay off in the long run. Before your next interview, make sure you aren't making any interview attire mistakes. Here's what not to wear to an interview.
I once interviewed a woman in a slinky red dress that was so skimpy, she could barely sit down. While everyone knows that short hemlines and plunging necklines aren't acceptable for a job interview, wearing an inappropriate dress that's also a bright, flashy color--like red--simply makes this situation worse.
Employee work history Questions: This is to confirm dates of your past employment, companies you worked for, salary, and titles. This type of information helps employers verify the information on your resume.
Credit Reports: Some companies will want to check your credit score. Often times this is required if you are applying for a financial position in the company. The company will need to send you a request to get your credit score, and you will need to provide them with your written consent. School Records: With your written consent, employers can access your school records. They may be wanting to ensure that you did graduate from the college stated on your resume, and that you did in fact earn the degree you listed.
Criminal History: Access to criminal records varies from state to state. Some states will only allow employers to access information up to a certain point in the past. If the position you are applying for is a security position, your full criminal history may be required.
Sometimes, it can seem that you've done all the right things when it comes to your job search, but you still aren't successful.
Although this can be a frustrating situation, the fact of the matter is that there is a large number of unemployed people on the hunt for a job, so competition is high.
These days, you need to do more than send in a decent cover letter and arrive on time for the interview. You need to stand out from the crowd.
It seems that everyone has a friend of a friend who scrupulously applied online to over 300 jobs, tracked them all in a spreadsheet, and only heard back from a few employers.
Unfortunately, this isn't an uncommon occurrence, but the solution is straightforward: quality trumps quantity. After all, your time is money, so be discriminating about where you apply. It's okay to take a few risks now and then, but limit the number of "reach" jobs you apply for. Instead, focus your energy on writing personalized cover letters, targeted resumes, and sending them out to companies hiring for position that you are qualified for. The closer a match, the better your chances of getting hired.