Preparing a cover letter
A covering letter is a small text, the volume of the letter should not exceed half a page, which the applicant sends with the resume by email. As a rule, the letter is not sent by a separate attached file, but in the body of an e-mail.
There is no standard sample of a cover letter, but the main thing is that you answer three main questions in the text: who are you, why you need a job and why you need this particular company. If you have some advantages which make you stand out among other candidates you should tell about them. For example, you write a PhD dissertation on Philosophy, or you have an MBA degree etc.
A telephone interview has several features, and in order to successfully pass it, it is necessary to be acquainted with them:
1) Interlocutors do not see each other.
A telephone interview focuses on the voice. Therefore, it is important to be sure to follow intonation and diction.
A recruiter’s call can catch you at any time. So you need to be always ready for calls from potential employers so that the phone interview doesn’t take you unawares.
3) Convenient time
If you get a call, but the time for the interview is inappropriate, it’s better to tell the other person about the impossibility to continue the conversation. Then ask the employer when you can call back.
4) Ask questions
During the conversation, you have the right to find out more information about the open position, job responsibilities, the specifics of the company, etc. Do not hesitate to ask questions of the recruiter, show that the conversation is interesting to you.
How your dressing and body language make a difference
When interviewing for work, your appearance and body language is very important. Employers can draw certain conclusions from these factors, and a correctly selected outfit, together with the correct tactics of behavior can add a few points in favor of the applicant. So, neat people look more competent, smart and experienced in the eyes of the employer.
How to negotiate on salary during the interview
Salary negotiations are a very important and difficult stage, which largely determines the further course of your career development at the next stage. There are several principles that should be remembered and must be adhered to when negotiating wages:
- Investigate the situation on the labor market to understand the current market salary.
- Tell about an alternative vacancy from another employer with a higher pay.
- Do not raise the issue of wages ahead of time, wait until the end of the conversation, while the employer asks a question about your expectations for remuneration.
- Ask about holidays, bonuses, specify whether the salary amount offered to you is before or after taxes.
Remember that the employer will not pay you more than what you ask for. So do not be shy when you specify your desired salary amount.