The purpose of this job/career search article is to help you get everything wired tight so that you leave nothing to chance. Think of "Getting It Wired" like the wiring in your home or apartment. If there is a break or a short circuit in the wiring, something will go wrong. Same thing with your career search; if you don't take the time to "Get it Wired" you may be...shocked! (It's been a long week so excuse the "light" humor!) Hopefully, this blog article will prove better than my jokes.

Here's a laundry list of things you need to do in order to get your career search wired:

  • Make sure your resume is accurate and has no spelling errors.
  • Make sure you spend some time researching the company you plan to interview for and get to know about it. Just make sure you know yourself better than you know the company in the interview.
  • Practice your interview skills.
  • Buy yourself the appropriate clothing for the interview. You can never go wrong by overdressing (within reason, of course). Just be careful not to be too flashy or too casual. Wear the suit/dress or clothing that is appropriate for a business meeting or the aspects of the job. Do your homework on what to wear. You might even ask the prospective Employer what the dress code for the interview is.
  • Do not wear any of your military uniform clothing with civilian clothing. That means no military-issue shoes with a civilian suit, no military-issued T-Shirts underneath a dress shirt, and no military tie worn with a suit. Shop around for acceptable business attire.
  • Avoid wearing anything controversial or trendy.
  • Buy thank you cards and send them out immediately following the interview or email follow-up information and thank you messages. Make sure to do this based on any meetings with people that interview you or anyone who gave you valuable information in preparation for the interview.
  • Be kind to the administrative, janitorial, and security workers at the employer's place of business. A lot of times the employer will ask around to see how you treated the people around you.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking before, during, or after the interview. These things can make the wrong impression in some cases. (If you leave a successful interview and make a trip to the bar, what are you going to do if they suddenly call you back and want to meet again now?)
  • Make sure you have clean breath, a clean body, and clean language.
  • Remember, you are always in the interview. If they ask you out for coffee, lunch, or any social interaction, they are trying to learn more about you and if you will be a good fit for their team.
  • Contact all of your personal and professional references in advance and tell them with which companies you plan to interview. Prepare them to say things consistent with your career goals. The last thing you need is a reference that's not aware that you're looking for a new job or career. An unprepared reference will make you look bad. Believe it or not, employers actually contact references in order to find out more about you.
  • If you happen to mess up a particular interview question, do your best to readdress the area of concern during the interview. Show examples from your "Brag Book" if necessary. A personal or professional reference can also help to point out something you may have not explained well while interviewing. If you realize your error after the interview, you can clarify the "mess up" with a follow-up email or personal note.

And finally, this is one of the most important things to remember:

  • Ask for the job! This is a must! Leave no doubt in the Employer's mind that you want this job!

I hope this helps you succeed in Getting It Wired!