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Calm Your Nerves Before Your Interview With These Four Tips

Nervous for your upcoming interview? You’re not alone! The fear of the unknown is very common, especially among job applicants. You may feel worried about what your interview will be like, what you’ll be asked, and how you’ll do—especially if you really want the job!

Have no fear… you’re going to do just fine. All it takes is some preparation and a few easy tips to calm your nerves.

Try the following to prepare for your next interview:


1. Be prepared.

The more you’re ready to go, the easier it will be to stay confident and avoid interview jitters. This includes knowing where you’re doing (if your interview will be in person) or checking and testing your equipment if it will be by phone or video—for example, make sure your camera works, your phone or laptop are charged, you know how to access the WebEx, etc. Then, choose your interview outfit ahead of time and have it clean, pressed and ready to go. Practice common interview questions and answers so you’ll be ready, and prepare 3-5 questions to ask during the interview.  

2. Plan your day.

What will your day be like when you have your interview? It’s a pretty important event in your life. The best time to schedule an interview is first thing in the morning, when your mind is fresh—so try for that time slot, if you can. Be sure to take the time you’ll need (request off from your current job if you need to) and get a good night’s sleep the night before.  

3. Eat breakfast.

This helps to fuel your brain and prepare you to do your very best. Choose a meal with lean protein and whole grains, such as eggs and whole wheat toast. These types of meals help you stay fuller longer so you won’t be distracted by a rumbling stomach during your interview. If you normally drink coffee to get going, don’t skip it—but keep it to a minimum so you don’t end up jittery.  

4. Exercise.

Working out first thing in the morning can help you clear your head and calm down. Plus, you’ll already feel like you’ve accomplished something for the day. Exercising helps get your blood flowing so you’re ready to do your very best.  

Ready For Your Interview? 

Once you’ve prepared, you can rest easy because you know you’ve set yourself up for success. You can feel good that you’re ready to impress your interviewer! 

But if it doesn’t quite go as planned, that’s OK. There are other jobs out there, and you just need to find the right one. And HireCall can help! If you’re in search of a new job, check out HireCall. We’ll work with you to find a placement in light industrial or office/clerical work. Visit our job page today to learn more!

Ask These Benefits Questions Before You Take the Job

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Looking for a new job? At the top of your list is probably salary. But did you know that other benefits actually account for about 30 percent of your total compensation? It’s true! In fact, when you’re considering your overall well-being, salary is only one part of the equation. Other perks and benefits offered by your potential employer will make a job that much better because you’ll have the resources to take good care of yourself and your family.

When you’re in search of jobs, the following ten benefits are helpful to your overall job satisfaction:

1. Health care benefits.

This can include medical, dental and vision coverage. Usually, you’ll need to elect a medical plan, and then choose to include dental and vision coverage within it. This will help you pay for any visits you may need to the doctor or hospital, prescriptions, clinical lab tests, etc. You may have the choice of different types of plans that might include a copay plan (where you need to meet an annual deductible and then cover a small copay when you visit the doctor) or a high-deductible plan (where you’ll need to meet a larger annual deductible and will then be responsible for a percentage of the cost of your care).

2. Spending accounts.

It depends on the health care plan, but you may have the choice of a Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) or Flexible Spending Account FSA). These are special accounts that either you, your employer, or both will contribute money into. Then, you can use these funds for health-related expenses, as described in the benefits plan.

3. Life insurance.

In the event that something happens to you, it’s important to be sure your family will be taken care of financially. You’ll need to contribute funds to the plan and select “beneficiaries” (the people who will receive money from your life insurance policy).

4. Disability insurance.

If you’re injured (from something that’s not job-related), it helps to know you’ll still have a source of income while you’re unable to work. Disability insurance offers peace of mind that your expenses can be covered while you’re on the mend.

5. 401(k) retirement fund.

You’re working to pay current expenses, but it always helps to save for the future. Your 401(k) is a way to rest assured you’ll have money for your expenses once you’ve completed your career.

6. Paid time off.

It helps to take time to rest and relax now and then. It’s good for your mental and physical health, and important for your overall happiness. Paid time off includes holidays, sick days and vacation time, and it’s an important part of any benefits package.

7. Flexible work options.

Will you be able to work from home? Can you adjust your start time, or make up hours if you have an appointment during the day? Flexible scheduling helps you keep up with personal commitments while fitting in all your work hours.

Having trouble finding a job with the right benefits?

No worries—HireCall can help. To learn more about available jobs, check out our job search page today!

Do I Really Need to Include a Cover Letter With My Resume?

cover letterWhen you’re getting everything together to apply for a job, every moment counts. This is especially true if you’ve heard the word of an exciting post and want to apply quickly. You probably know that your resume and cover letter should be tailored to each position you apply to—never generic. But this can raise a question: cover letters are time-consuming to write, so is it actually important for you to include one? The short answer is almost always yes.

What to know about cover letters

If an employer has said you don’t need to include a cover letter, or the application software won’t allow you to include one, you can probably skip it. But if it’s optional to add a cover letter, opt to include one. Cover letters let you introduce yourself and start to build a connection in a way resumes can’t. They can help you stand out from other people who have applied to the same role and set yourself apart as uniquely qualified.

What to include in your cover letter

First and foremost, explain why you want the job. It’s a great idea to describe your career passion and what made you decide to choose your field, including a short story if you have one. Also include keywords, which you can find by checking out the job description and job posts for similar jobs with other companies.

Your cover letter is also a great place to explain work gaps in your resume. You can give more explanation about why you weren’t working, adding a positive spin, of course.

Many companies want to be sure you’re a good fit for the company culture, and your cover letter is a perfect place to let a bit of your personality shine! This helps you advertise your personal brand and describe what makes you uniquely qualified for the role. Of course, you will match up your work experience and job skills with what the company is looking for. Check out the qualifications section of the job description to learn more.

Give yourself every advantage

Unless they’ve stated they don’t want one, you should send your potential employer a cover letter along with your resume. Though it may tack a little time onto your application process, it will be well worth it if you land the job.

In search of something new?

Check out HireCall! We offer a wide range of job opportunities and specialize in light industrial and office/clerical. And we’re looking for you! To learn more, visit our job search page today.