MIAMI, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From how to get a first job, to getting THE job, Heather Monahan is on a mission to empower women to run the world. When it comes to preparing the next generation for the workforce Heather has three key rules of thumb for helping those make that paramount first impression.
Appearance Matters: "No manager wants to hire a sloppy, disheveled person who shows up nervous and sweating. Nor does a manager want to hire a woman who comes into a professional environment with a mini-skirt on and too much makeup. Know what the company culture is all about; this is often reflected in their employees' appearance. I recommend defaulting to a pencil skirt or dark pantsuit. You want to be yourself at all times, and if that means that you spice up your business attire with a colorful pair of earrings, so be it. Just be sure to look polished, professional and pulled together."
Start your (Search) Engines: "Spend an inordinate amount of time finding out all that you can about your target company, employees and most importantly, the hiring manager. I promise you this: very few people take the time to complete this step— and this step is a game changer! You want to know all that there is about pending projects, company awards, the founder of the company, and yes, the hiring manager. Learn about them so you can see what connection points you have in common: Once you bring this up in the interview, you immediately begin to separate yourself from everyone else."
Practice: "I'm often shocked by what I perceive as a lack of preparation on a candidate's behalf, i.e. showing up to an interview without multiple résumé copies; you never know how many managers are going to join the meeting! Remember, the minute you sit down you need to be in selling mode. Research possible questions online, write them down and answer each one. Practice them out loud. Always use personal experiences and stories from your career/school to illustrate examples of prior behavior and success."
For more advice, visit Heather's website www.heathermonahan.com. Here she empowers others using the Monahan Method, featuring tips on everything from professional fashion tips, beauty tips, financial guidance, résumé writing, balancing a career with motherhood, and plenty more.
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