Yo, Job Seeking Advice Via the Jersey Shore!
Christina Macres / MediaBuzz
Thought The Jersey Shore was just all tanning, fist pumps and hair gel? Think again! Turns out the kids from Joizy can teach us about more than just Ed Hardy, Italian flag ornamentation and extreme midriffs. Their “techniques” can get your resume noticed, rock an interview and even get you hired! Think we’re kidding? Get in the zone and check out The Situation!
A classic move typically involving a juiced up and over-tanned arm thrusting rapidly and enthusiastically in response to a variety of stimuli including but not limited to: slammin’ beats, hot girls and fellow fist pumpers.
Job Seeking Translation:When interviewing with a potential employer, it is important to show genuine enthusiasm for the position. For example, be ready for the “What questions do you have for me?” segment of the interview. Remember, nothing shouts fist pumping enthusiasm like being prepared and thoughtful about a potential position.
Need some inspiration? Check out these example questions:
1. Why is the position vacant?
2. What would my key responsibilities be?
3. What are the company’s growth plans?
4. How would you describe the culture or atmosphere?
5. Why do people that are here, stay here?
Jersey Definition:A well-toned or absurdly nice body part. Commonly referring, but not restricted, to the abdominal muscles. Also used by MTV’s Michael Paul of Jersey Shore, in reference to his own physical appearance.
Job Seeking Translation:Don’t be afraid to show some confidence! It’s no secret that employers seek employees with self-esteem. So in your next interview, be sure to assuredly show off your abilities.
How? Start by branding yourself. Just what do we mean by “brand yourself”? Take the episode where The Situation single handedly outfits every shopper with customized “The Situation” underwear, for example. Why not apply these practices to your next interview? Now, that doesn’t give you license to hand out silk-screened resume underwear…that would be tacky! It does, however, give you permission to make a name for yourself, by illustrating your skills and qualifications.
Before submitting your resume and cover letter, study the ad and determine how your qualifications match the employer’s requirements. Then, use the job posting’s requirements as a means to speak to each of your skills and your experience – Bam, you’re the ideal candidate!
Jersey Definition:A no-strings-attached sexual relationship, most times with someone random and always non-committal. Note: If a “hook-up” relationship becomes somewhat loyal, it can then be considered a “booty call."
Job Seeking Translation:Right now, the job market is rough. Now, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs, it does mean, however, that you may have to kiss a few frogs or go on a few interviews, before finding your prince. It also means, you shouldn’t turn down a perfectly good opportunity, just because it’s not your ideal job.
Take a cue from The Shore and don’t be picky!
Because the position may not be your ideal, you may not know as much about the industry or company as you’d like. Don’t let this be a hindrance, instead make it an opportunity.
1. Google It
Check out the company website, as well as, other web mentions. These investigations will give you information about what the company is doing, whom it’s involved and, as a result, what it values in an employee.
2. About Us
This section of the company website will provide you with the profile of the company. Be sure to keep in mind the important points and mention them in the interview.
3. News and Press Releases
Read over this section of the website. This will provide you with valuable information about the newest projects, as well as, recent company changes.
4. Competitive Analysis
Search for information about the company’s competitors. This will allow you to be more informed about the industry and will help you answer questions about marketing strategies during your interview.
Jersey Definition:To get sucker punched by someone twice your size after you’ve had one drink too many and thought it was okay to essentially tell him that his hair isn’t actually bullet-proof.
Job Seeking Translation:In the current job market/ economy, you can’t afford to be lackadaisical! And, when job seeking, it pays to be fervent. Yes, just like The Jersey Shore’s Snooki, when you feel like you’ve been beatin’ down by the job-hunt, you must pick yourself up and try, try again.
Slammin’ Tip:The more job opportunities you apply for, the more likely you’ll get a call back from someone who has recognized your brilliance and is interested in talking with you further. So, apply, apply, apply and try to take bad news in stride. Good news? Emailing makes submitting a resume easier than identifying a Shore haircut!
Just remember these tips when formatting your electronic resume:
1. Use standard fonts.
2. Consider that underlining, italics, and fancy fonts may not scan well.
3.Use boldface and capitalization to set off elements.
4.Do not use any lines, boxes, or graphics.
5.Place the most important information at the top of the first page.
6.Try to keep your resume to one page.
Drop a beat! It’s time to partaaay!
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