Presenting Yourself Professionally Throughout The Job Search

Remember, the seemingly small things do count when it comes to your professional image. For example:

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[email protected]” does not conjure up a professional image in the eyes of HR and hiring managers!

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Or, if this is taken, try first initial.last name. Simple addresses reduce the likelihood of typos.

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“This is Jane and I can’t find the phone just now. It must be in the back seat because I threw it at my screaming kids,” will not do!

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Also check LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Classmates, etc. and ensure your online “presence” is clean and professional.

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When you meet networking contacts be prepared to talk about what you’re interested in, why you’re a good fit and how you’ll add value to the company.

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Candidates who have been cleaning the house, driving carpools, and making lunches and dinners for years need to throw out their sweats and t-shirts and update their hair and wardrobe to reflect a new professional image!

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Even though your mother told you not to do it, do it anyway! If someone referred you, you should use his or her name. It’s okay. HR representatives and hiring managers scan hundreds of resumes and interview many candidates. They will likely give you more consideration if they know someone from within the company put your name forward. (Plus, sometimes those people get cash rewards if their candidate gets hired!)

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It’s a conversation not an interrogation. Ask questions and talk with your interviewers. Nervousness makes you more tense, but enthusiasm is contagious!

Your physical and cyber images are extremely important! They are a reflection of you! They either say “professional”, or they don’t. Invest a little time and thought in your appearance and you’ll feel great!