Dressing for Successful Job Interviews

Written by Scott Brown

The first thing an interviewer will notice about you is how you're dressed. Even before you say hello or shake their hand, they are starting to form an impression of you based on your appearance. This week's job searching tip deals with making sure you are dressed properly for interviews.

It's estimated that people gain meaning more from non-verbal cues in conversations than fromrepparttar actual words exchanged. Therefore, how you present yourself in an interview will have a significant impact on howrepparttar 139145 interviewer perceives you. If you're applying for a job as a manager,repparttar 139146 interviewer will be trying to decide how you would be perceived by subordinates and other managers. Basically, they're asking themselves, "would this person fit in?" One way to figure out how best to dress to fit in would be to visitrepparttar 139147 company ahead of time for some "surveillance" work. If you hang around outsiderepparttar 139148 company's parking lot, you could observe how most people dress there. Of course it's best not to be conspicuous - ifrepparttar 139149 interviewer saw you hanging around their parking lot a few days earlier, they might think you're strange!

There are some basic rules that everyone should follow when going on a job interview: - Your goal should be to look clean, healthy and successful - Make sure you don't have bad breath. Nobody wants to work with someone who smells bad. - Onrepparttar 139150 other hand, don't overdo it with aftershave/perfume. - Always err onrepparttar 139151 side of conservatism. Men should wear conservative ties for interviews and women should opt for a more conservative blouse - Your hair should be clean and neat - Your nails should be clean and a reasonable length - Women should wear tan or light hosiery.

Developing your Job Search Elevator Pitch

Written by Scott Brown

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who hadrepparttar potential to help you land a better job and felt that they didn't get what's unique about you and what would make you a great catch?

If you're going about your job searchrepparttar 139144 right way, you're not confining yourself torepparttar 139145 Internet. Instead, you userepparttar 139146 Internet to get job leads but also venture out intorepparttar 139147 real world, talk to people, go to networking events, etc. One ofrepparttar 139148 most critical things about effective networking is being able to succinctly communicate why someone should be interested in you. Especially in social settings, peoples' brains tend to be onrepparttar 139149 low power setting so a long and complicated explanation about your profession and specialty won't work. It's for this reason that something called an "Elevator Pitch" was invented.

An Elevator Pitch is a concise, tailored, benefit-focused description of your career background. Elevator Pitches are used most often by entrepreneurs looking to raise venture capital to fund a new business. Venture capitalists are busy people and they receive countless business plans, many of which they never get a chance to read. Smart entrepreneurs recognize this logjam and that their best chance of getting an investor interested may be to summarize their complex business into a short, conversational speech.

Another way to think of an Elevator Pitch is that it's like a TV commercial for why an employer should buy you, but in a conversational format that someone would enjoy listening to. What if you ran intorepparttar 139150 president of GE, IBM, or some other company you wanted to work for in an elevator and they casually asked what you did? Having an elevator pitch ready isrepparttar 139151 key to getting someone like this interested in you.

Althoughrepparttar 139152 elevator pitch should be designed to fit within 15 to 60 seconds' speaking time, you should be able to continue talking ifrepparttar 139153 person does not stop you. The goal of an elevator pitch is generally to getrepparttar 139154 person to agree to let you follow up with them (or their assistant). You might close an elevator pitch by asking if you can follow up withrepparttar 139155 person about potential job opportunities and exchanging business cards.

Effective public speakers often userepparttar 139156 tactic of tellingrepparttar 139157 audience what they're about to tell them, and then telling them in more detail. Starting out an elevator pitch by providing some context and telling them what you're about to tell them will generate interest and curiosity and makerepparttar 139158 person want to hear what you have to say. Here's an example of how a conversation could start off:

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