Nail your next job interview by using these tips

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Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 12:20 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - With federal unemployment benefits coming to an end, more people may start looking for a new job. It’s important to be prepared when writing a resume or going into an interview.

When going into an interview, one expert says you should research the company you want to work for and make sure you completely understand what they do.

Jay Mulhern with Express Employment Professionals in Monroe says companies want employees who are a good fit. They don’t want a person who only applied because there was an opening. Employers want people who can contribute to the company’s overall goals. He says you should be prepared to talk about any gaps you may have in your work history.

“The biggest thing you have to remember to be prepared to answer is to tell your story. Tell who you are, what you’re trying to accomplish, what are your goals and things like that. That’s what a lot of people are looking for. Where do you want to be five years from now? What do you see career-wise? What kind of career path do you want to be on,” Mulhern said.

He says the most important themes you’ll need to talk about are who you are as a person, who you expect to be and who you want to be in the future.

Resumes are another way to tell your story. It should be written concisely and as precisely as possible. You can write different versions of your resume depending on the field in which you are looking. If you write a cover letter, don’t make it generic. For references, Mulhern says to put a professional you’ve worked with or your boss.

On the day of the interview, don’t be late!

“Dress appropriately for the job that you’re trying to get. That’s probably one of the biggest do’s or don’ts that fall into both categories there. Be on time. Show that you’re reliable and show that you’re dependable. At the end of the day, what most people want in an employee is somebody who’s reliable and dependable. Somebody who can learn, expresses interest, can carry on a conversation, and show critical thinking,” Mulhern said.

Confidence and maintaining eye contact are two more things to focus on for success.

  • Be prepared to tell your story.
    • Who are you?
    • What are your goals?
    • Where do you want to be in 5 years?
    • Who do you want to be in the future?
  • Research the company, understand what they do
  • Focus on companies where you believe you can contribute
  • Prepare to talk about gaps in work history
  • Resumes should be concise and precise
  • Cover letters, if used, should not be generic
  • Make different versions of resume for different fields
  • Don’t use buzz words in your resume
  • Use professionals for references
  • Dress appropriately for the job that you’re trying to get
  • Maintain eye contact during your interview
  • Be on time for your interview!!

As for who is hiring, Mulhern says small businesses and restaurants are hurting the worst right now.

You can find a list of businesses with job openings in Northeast Louisiana on

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