Featured Whistler Question newspaper column, October 31, 2017: How to Find the Perfect Job
Whistler’s employee shortages may put job seekers in a favorable position but showcasing yourself in the best possible light to potential employers will go a long way to securing a role that fits you perfectly. To do just that, here is your cheat sheet with three stages to successful job hunting.
Equip yourself with a marketing package that includes a winning resume and stellar references.
Many employers skim resumes so yours should stand out above the rest to grab their attention. A resume should make a great first impression with visual appeal that includes bold titles, professional font, and no spelling errors.
Include an objective to convey what role you wish to fill, what benefit you bring to their company and a section to highlight your achievements and qualifications. Use keywords by pulling words from the job posting and save your resume in a PDF format. Of course, include a telephone number and email address. By now, you probably know that housing is a huge hurdle so if you have been lucky enough to find a place to live let potential employers know that information.
On a separate sheet, prepare a list of at least three references in the same visually appealing style as your resume. Get permission to use your references and at the same time, advise them of job details so they can offer favourable input of your suitability. References are generally provided after a strong interview but be proactive and have this valuable resource ready.
Follow up with a phone call or email to ensure your resume was received and to set up an interview time. Check email and voicemail frequently in case potential employers are trying to contact you.
Hone Your Interview Skills
Arm yourself with knowledge prior to the interview. Check the company’s website, read the job posting noting the desired qualifications, match your skills with those requirements and be prepared to share that information.
Dress professionally for the interview. Casual is not acceptable for a job interview, even in Whistler.
Non-verbal and verbal communication can sway the interviewer. Use positive body language, make eye contact and speak clearly. Listen carefully, don’t interrupt and nod to indicate that you understand.
Run through potential interview questions and craft your answers. Many interviewers use behaviourial questioning, asking for examples of something you did in a past position so come prepared with solid examples.
Here are some common questions that you may come up against.
Tell me about yourself. Share relevant achievements that highlight your strengths and experience.
What are your salary requirements? Whistler’s wage scales are as varied as the ski runs on our mountains so this a tough one to answer. It’s acceptable to say you are open to discussing it and that you trust the pay scale will reflect the position and required skills to do the job successfully.
Why did you leave your last job? Never speak negatively of your former employers. Be honest.
After The Interview
Follow up with a phone call or email thanking the interviewer for their time and letting them know that you are interested in the role and will give it your all.
Good luck with your job search!
At Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, Cathy Goddard offers business and life coaching, workshops and is the founder of Lighthouse Mentor Network, a mentor program nominated for Small Business BC Awards for 6 consecutive years. CLICK TO VOTE RIGHT HERE! She writes this column for the Whistler Question newspaper.