Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PressExposure) October 27, 2009 -- Anyone who wants to improve themselves or their position, be they football or piano players, must practice to reach their goal. And, if your goal is to find a new job, you should apply that same discipline to your employment search, according to Kay Stout, Executive Advisor, with Oklahoma Professional Search.
"In this competitive job market, the interview is more important than ever, since the employer won't be able to actually see you performing the job," Stout said. "You're judged on your resumÃ© and the impression you make during your interview so, just as you can sharpen your resumÃ©, a little practice on your interviewing skills can help you advance in the hiring process."
Stout suggests job seekers practice their interviewing skills with a business colleague, preferably someone who's been in a hiring position. If the interview process makes you too nervous, consider a career advisor or career coach. "Just as we hire tutors to improve performance in school or personal trainers to enhance our fitness, a career coach is often the best way for a job seeker to perfect their interview skills and land their dream job."
If a job hunter wants to practice on their own, there are a number of resources available, Stout noted. "If one wants to practice the answers to the most common interview questions, there are plenty of helpful tips and suggestions online and in a myriad of books. And don't forget to research the company before the interview. Look at the company website, Google, and even the local newspaper's business section."
The final practice drill is perfecting the resumÃ©. "Tailor your resumÃ© to the job functions of the position," Stout added. "With a solid set of interview skills, company knowledge, and a great resumÃ©, your practice can lead to a perfect position for you!"