When you’re searching for a municipal job, there’s little room for error. Doing or saying the wrong thing before, during or after your interview may take you out of the running. You need to correctly handle your job search to increase your odds of being offered a role.
Here are five mistakes job seekers make when looking for a municipality job:
1. Forgetting to Network
Sending out random cover letters and resumes in response to online job postings is much less effective than networking and building your profiles on social media. Meeting more professionals in your municipality means making connections and developing relationships that may help you land a position. You’re more likely to get hired if the person in charge knows who you are and that your skills and experience are what they’re looking for.
2. Excessive Information in Your Cover Letter and Resume
The interviewer doesn’t need to know your personal reasons for wanting the role or why it would be great for you. They need to know what value you can provide the municipality if you are hired. Keep your cover letter concise and focused on why you’re most qualified for the position. Match your qualifications to the role to show why you’re a great candidate. Show how your last 10 years of work experience have prepared you to take on what the job entails.
3. Unprofessional Behavior During the Interview
Show up properly groomed and wearing proper attire. If you’re not sure what to wear, call days in advance and ask. Share the skills, knowledge and experience that make you the ideal candidate for the role. Focus on how you can add value to the team if offered a job.
4. Lack of References
Be sure you have a list of professional references available. Include a mix of former supervisors and co-workers. Show you have an adequate group of professionals who can attest to your credentials. Keep your list separate from your resume and ready to share when the interviewer asks.
5. Not Following Up
You have one last chance to make a positive impression. Send a quick thank-you email or handwritten card expressing appreciation for the interviewer’s time. Mention three things shared during the interview that make you stand out and show you’re best suited for the role. State you look forward to hearing from the interviewer when they’ve made a decision.
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