Top Questions and Answers For Job Seekers
Finding a job can be a long and challenging road, especially when there are so many things you have to consider and you asking yourself how you should go about making sure you do things in the right and professional way. Here are some of the top questions that job seekers are asking:
Do I really need a cover letter?
Yes. A cover letter shows that you took the time to examine the role for which you are applying. It also gives you an extra opportunity to explain how the skills you included on on your resume can transfer into the new job. If your job history aligns with the new role, highlight that as well. You have experience, so explain to those hiring mangers how you reached that goal or a record you broke!
Can I talk to hiring managers about negotiating the starting salary?
Yes, but do your research. A simple Google search can tell you how much others with the same position are making. You can use that to your advantage. Instead of coming to the hiring manager with a hard, steep number, soften it by proving a reasonable range. This will show you are serious, but also flexible.
Should I put down smaller gigs, like babysitting, as employment history and can I use those for recommendations?
Yes. If you are just starting out in the professional world and you don’t have much experience, put down as much as you can. If you did a stellar job as a babysitter or nanny then reach out to those employers and get recommendations. Soft skills are rare to come by and many soft skills are learned through roles like these- especially effective communication!
At the end of an interview, when the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for me?” am I supposed to ask a question?
Yes. This is an opportunity for you to find out as much information as you want. You can ask a follow up question to a statement the interviewer said earlier in the conversation. For example, if the interviewer mentioned that the company provides benefits to employees, you can follow up and ask what those benefits include. It shows you were actively and respectfully listening and are seriously considering all aspects of the position and the company.