Clients often ask us questions about the entire job search process. We are always happy to provide answers based on the knowledge we have gained through our training. This blog will cover a few of the most commonly asked questions we hear regarding job applications.
What Type of File Should I Use When Submitting a Resume Through an Online Application?
Hopefully, you have saved your resume as a .doc file, a .txt file and a .pdf file. Which should you use when submitting your application? The answer depends on the situation. Let's look at three different circumstances.
Does the application specify a certain type of file? If so, you should definitely follow the instructions and submit via that exact type of file. Do not pick what you prefer, as you need to show you are able to follow directions and they may have a reason for specifying a certain file type. For example, it is possible the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) they use works best with a certain file type. So by requesting that type, they are ensuring that your resume will be read properly.
If they do not specify a certain file type in the instructions and you are submitting via an online form, we recommend you use a .docx file. Most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are successful parsing a .docx file.
If you are emailing your resume to a hiring manager or recruiter directly, we recommend you send it as a .pdf file. This will ensure that the formatting you have created is retained, no matter what device they use to open the file.
How Should I Handle COVID-Status (Vaccinated or Recovered) Questions on My Resume?
Again, the answer to this question depends on the circumstances. Some job postings, particularly those that are for a medical role, stipulate that COVID vaccination is required. If it is mentioned in the job posting and you are vaccinated, consider including that information on your resume. You can mention it within your executive summary, in the skills/key offerings section, or in your cover letter.
However, don't feel obligated to include your COVID status on your resume or cover letter if you are not comfortable doing so. Just be aware that the question may come up in an interview, and you may be asked to provide proof of vaccination at that time.
Additionally, if COVID status is not mentioned specifically in the job posting, it may not be a job requirement to disclose it. Therefore, it is not necessary to list it on your resume or in your cover letter.
When Should I Start Preparing for a Job Interview?
Honestly, we feel it is best to start preparing at the time you are creating your resume. You should be asking yourself why you are the best candidate for this particular position and then writing your resume to reflect that answer. During the interview you will draw on the experiences you have listed on your resume to answer questions.
Your ultimate goal in an interview is to express how you have the skills and experience to fill the role. Keeping that mindset during the job application phase will be helpful in making your documentation stand out compared to the competition.
If you are already past the resume submission phase, now is a good time to start thinking through potential interview questions and how you might answer them. Keep in mind that although you may be asked some common interview questions, you may also be asked questions specifically related to your industry or the job function. And, some companies are asking questions relating to the pandemic, so you may want to consider how you would handle this line of questioning. Here is a blog that covers post-pandemic interview questions in depth.
Do Expectations, Rules and Requirements of a Job Interview Change Over Time?
Often, we work with clients that haven't interviewed in years or even decades. They wonder if the experience will be different in 2022.
Generally, the interview process hasn't changed significantly. You are still expected to be able to answer questions with details about your skills, experiences, actions, and results. The interviewer is going to expect you to ask questions of your own. The interview itself is a formal occasion, and you are expected to dress and act appropriately.
One major difference is that many interviews are still being held virtually at this time. This is a change that may outlast the pandemic. So, although the process is the same as it was a decade ago, you may not be meeting in person, but may be logging in from your bedroom or home office. In that case, you need to think through a few additional details, such as how to avoid interruptions and what kind of statement your surroundings/background provide. Click here to read more on "Tips on Virtual Interview Success."
If you do not have an solid internet connection at home or won't be able to have privacy and an interruption-free interview, consider using a local library instead. Many have study rooms that will afford you the quiet space you need.
Did our FAQs article answer the questions you have about the job application process? If not, feel free to leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to provide you the information you need to achieve success!