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Job Hunting101:The ImportanceofMakingaPositiveFirstImpresion

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Whether you're attending a job fair, have an interview scheduled at ABL Employment, or plan on dropping off your resume at several temporary agencies, Toronto job hunters that fail to make a positive first impression are less likely to succeed than those who do. After all, if you're late, unkempt, unprofessional, disorganized, or even rude, who's going to want to hire you? On the other hand, if you're on time, neat, professional, organized, and polite, potential employers are sure to be impressed. So how do you make that first impression? Here are a few tips from managers at ABL Employment London:


  • Dress professionally. Use the position you are applying for as a guideline. For example, if you're applying for a position in the banking industry, a business suit is appropriate. On the other hand, it could be overkill for a position as a cashier at the local recycling centre.


  • Bring several resumes. If you are attending a job fair, you'll need a lot of resumes. While you may not need as many at a single agency such as ABL Employment Woodstock or at a scheduled interview with a potential employer, it's not unusual for several people to be involved in the hiring process.



  • Don't just arrive on time, arrive early. Arrive about 15 minutes early. This shows that you take your commitments seriously.


  • Mind your body language. Shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact. During the interview, sit up straight and do not slouch. Smile when meeting interviewers and maintain a pleasant facial expression throughout the interview.


  • Be enthusiastic and polite. Show your enthusiasm for the job. After all, you want it, right? If you're excited about the position, the company, and the industry, let the interviewer know.


  • Send a thank you note and follow up. After the interview, make sure to send a thank you note. If you don't hear back after a week or so, it's perfectly acceptable to call and ask if the position has been filled and remind the employment agencies that you're interested in the job and excited about it.


 Make a first impression and stand out from the crowd. It could get you hired.

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