One of the reasons job searches aren’t successful is because job hunters aren’t fully informed. Maybe they don’t ask questions for fear of looking stupid, or they think they know what’s expected (but they don’t!).

Every company and hiring manager has different requirements, so it’s not wise to make any assumptions. Ask about anything you’re not sure of during the hiring process, and you’re likely to be much more successful during your search.

To help you along, here are answers to five of the most frequently asked questions from job seekers.

  1. Should I use a separate resume for each job?

Yes, definitely! You should be sending a resume that is customized to the company to which you’re applying. Review the job description, and make sure the skills you list on your resume match the job description as closely as possible. Every cover letter must be written to that specific company, and every resume must be designed specifically for that job opening, including any keywords from the posting.

  1. How do I handle requests for salary expectations?

Let them know the salary is negotiable if you’re filling out an online application. A better strategy in person is to ask what the company has budgeted for the position. Once you know that, you’ll be able to give them an appropriate figure.

  1. May I take notes during the interview?

Notes can help you remember important details, so it’s a good idea to take them. You should ask the interviewer if it’s permissible, but it probably will be (after all, the interviewer will be taking them). It’s also a good idea to jot down a list of questions, so you don’t forget to ask them if you’re nervous.

  1. How long do I wait to follow up after the interview?

It’s always a good idea to ask this question of the interviewer. Also, ask the best way to get in touch with your interviewer. Once you have this information, follow the instructions implicitly. You’ll make an excellent impression by doing so.

  1. I applied for a job. Why haven’t I heard anything from the company yet?

It’s important to follow up with a phone call or an email. Otherwise, you won’t know if the company received your application. You can ask them where they are in the process and confirm they did get your application. Some companies will give you a status update before you call, but many won’t. You might not want to feel like a pest, but it’s much better to know what’s happening than to wait in limbo.

Do you have other job-hunting questions?

We have more answers. Contact Pro Resources for the light industrial or technical/professional position you’re hoping to find. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, so let us use our expertise to help you find your next job or answer your questions.