Today w’re diving into how to structure gaps of unemployment within your resume and how to address it during an interview. But before we even get started, lets’ address a couple of things. If you've been actively in the job market for more than a month, you really want to 10x your efforts. The longer you're out of the job market, the harder it is to find a job. If you're at that six weeks mark, four weeks mark, or more, I would advise that you make sure that you're networking. Connect with individuals and companies on all social media platforms, not just LinkedIn, but also Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Make your presence known. If you've been in the job market for more than six weeks, it is time to 10x your efforts going into next week to make sure that you are stacking the deck in your favor, and that you're being aggressive and being very intentional with your job search. Alright, so let's talk about gaps of unemployment!
Believe it or not, but the color of your interview attire can have an impact on how you are perceived during your interview.
Today we're going to talk about colors. What color suit or outfit you wear to your job interview? It's a really, really important question that is often overlooked. Color can dramatically affect the first five seconds on your interviewer so it's important to take some time to put some effort into it. For example, if you wear a red tie, you run the risk of being seen as overly assertive, dominant, and possibly a little bit arrogant. If you wear yellow or orange, you maybe seem off the wall, and you may not even be taken seriously. But for some professions though the rules can bend and switch depending on the the position you are interviewing for or the company culture. Red may be useful: for example, sales companies are often interested in overly confident candidates so if you're sporting a suit and you slip on on a red tie, that would be great for somebody who's interviewing for a sales position.
The cliché question arises in almost every interview:
Describe your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The question in straight forward but seems like a trick question but if you establish an appropriate context, then you can give an honest and well thought answer. Answering this way will showcase your professionalism & awareness. A hiring manager or recruiter ask these types of questions to qualify or disqualify you as the type of person who would excel in this specific position.
So you’ve just interviewed for your dream job (or at least a dreamy job) and as far as you’re concerned, you nailed it! It’s only a matter of time before they call you with an offer. But after a couple of weeks pass without a peep, you start to get a sinking feeling that perhaps it wasn’t the slam-dunk you imagined.