CBS’ new show THE JOB is adding a reality spin to the job seeking process and offering a glimpse into the hiring process for the world to see.  We asked some of our HR professionals, many of whom are hiring talent on a daily basis to share some tips for job seekers looking to find a new job or get back to work.

Job Tips from real #HR Pros!

Looking for #TheJob? Here’s some tips from the experts: #HR Professionals!

Storified by SHRM· Thu, Feb 07 2013 11:23:47

spell check your resume, that’s a buzzkill. Dress professional, even if the job is for a "casual" company…it doesn’t matter. Whoever you encounter in the office during your interview, be polite and respectful. I’ve seen people be so rude to my assistant and then come to me with fake smiles and attitudes. I can see through all that Maybelline to know when people are not genuine!Danielle Rebekah Raffield
Understand that the interview starts when you walk in the door. You will interview with security, the receptionist and everyone you walk past in the hallway leading to HR. Those interviews (although brief) are just as important as the interview with HR.Akilah A. Bradford
The best advice I have is to be positive, no one wants to hire a negative person, HR knows you left your last job for a reason (maybe yours, maybe theirs) but that experience should be rehashed in therapy not a job interview! If your last job ended on …See MoreCara A Winslow
Find out what can you bring to the table, what would make you an asset to the company..Evelyn Solis
be prepared, review the company website, make sure your resume and reference are accurate , dress to impressMiriam Dushane Phr
Take the time to tailor your cover letter & resume to closely relate to the job requirements. It’s aggravating to see a career objective that is VASTLY different from the job at hand. We have a lot of resumes to screen – do what you can to make our ears perk up (within reason!)Cecilia Bravo
Never short sell yourself during an interview. Plus research the company you are applying to, to have background to help ask the needed questions.Kelly Laskey
Be sure your KSAs are a fit for the qualification requirements !Paula Carey
keep your mommy out of the equation! Don’t have mommy call and see if we have openings. Don’t have daddy drop off your resume and never bring them to interview!Renee Frost
What answer can a candidate give regarding a former job that was positive in some areas but blatantly not OK in other areas (mgt)? There must be a reason one left the past job and some former ex-bosses are not good people.Sherri Springfield
Read the position requirements before applying. If you don’t meet them, don’t bother.Matt Charney
Know about the company that you are interviewing with.Grace Dobson
Be passionate!Christina Gibson
Be honest in your applicationMichelle Bohorquez
Not only have a professional email address, have a professional voicemail message.Melissa Rector Lock
practice your one-minute elevator speech….sell yourself.Tully Frank
Think about what you are about to say before you say it….words cannot be taken back.Cheryl Moore
A well-written cover letter.Anduiza Maria
Resumes should showcase evidence of accomplishments that are measurable and tangible to the business, not just list skills, anyone can list skills. I want to see how you have applied them successfully to meet the goals of your business.Colleen Malchodi
You need to have a firm handshake and speak clearly without using slang. Is a job interview not a gathering at a bar.Oscar Posada
Leave off your personal hobbies unles they are job related! Use resume space wisely and put relevant job related skills instead.Ann Steward
As interview basicly judge by what you present physically or mentally dont try to present what you dont posses. Just be original may it is that which you have exactly is what they are eyeing,you never can tell. Elewuro Akeem
Be prepared to talk about yourself! I interview so many that don’t want to "toot their own horn" and it’s like pulling teeth to get an answer. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to back those up with examples.Bobbi Jo Marie Jorgensen
Be professional and respectful to everyone you come in contact with, the receptionist, the recruiter etc. It’s not just the boss you need to impress.Sarah ‘Floyd’ Koustrup
Get a firm handshake (men & women!!). Be confident. Only speak positive about past experiences (companies, projects and bosses).Kate Coffman
Pay atttention to detail; proof-read and (if possible) have someone else proof-read everything that you submit. Your computer’s spell-checker won’t catch some distinctions – like the difference between "perspective" and "prospective" in this post from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Therese Donahue Schneider
Ask not what they can do for you, but what you can do for them. Don’t ask about benefits and pay in the first interview. Show what you have to offer them!Brandy Block
Get yr resume professionally done. If u don’t have the $ seek out an hr or recruiter friend. Be diligent n persistent In Yr job search Cater your cover letter for each job u apply for Be prepared for your interview (get professional or a friends help with that as well)Toni Wilson Pierce
Take the time to personalize your resume for each job you apply to! Realistically we only view resumes for a few seconds. If you don’t want to rewrite your resume, address the main qualifications from the job description at the top of your resume (instead of a cover letter, which does not always get read). You dress up when you meet for an interview….consider dressing up your resume for each opportunity!Kenneta Fabing
Follow up on your application… Networking is key –Selinda Guerrero
Maintain a positive attitude and present yourself in a professional manner, smile and shake hands with a purpose when you meet your prospective employer.Barb Sayer Holz
Do thorough diligence on the prospective company. Read the financials, look at growth, know the main product lines and ESPECIALLY know mission statement and/or core values. I structure my behavioral questions around my company’s core values, looking for fit into our company culture.John Kincaid
Make your answers aligned with your REsume and do not say , why they are asking me about information which is in the paper infornt of them , relax and enjoy the interview :) Ali Alhadheri
Even though you interview with a Tier1 Recruiter, make sure to be respectful and kind, regardless of the decades of experience you have, remember this recruiter is the person that can choose or not to introduce you with the "decision makers"Grecia Rivera
Be positive with your responses to questions. Not everything can be positive, but don’t dwell in the negatives. Have a positive lesson learned from past negative experiences and share those instead of bashing your ex-employers.LeAnna Harding
Answer the questions asked of you, don’t just ramble on about who you know.Kathy Pankau Bouma
Complete the application w/ correctlyl spelled words; when asked for a specific example, give a SPECIFIC example.Dorothy Stassen-Douglass
The tip I would offer is the one in my blog post here: http://www.careerealism.com/persistent-annoying/James E. Wright
Only apply to companies you have researched, know something about and are genuinely interested in.Suzi Benoit
I’d teach the difference between perspective and prospective.Warner Coffman
Make your resume stand out, but don’t do it with cute pictures, fodd fonts or outrageous colors.J Stewart Singleton
So many great suggestions here from SHRM peeps!May I add something about that firm handshake… don’t squeeze the interviewer(s) hand so hard that you break a blood vessel (yes, this happened to me last summer!)Susan Radecke Yates
1.Review the résumé. Review it again.2.Show up on time for the interview. That means plan on getting there early. Look around. Look friendly.3.Dress appropriately. O.K. This one is going to require some judgment.4.Know something about the company. Or…See MoreCarmelita Rojas
Use a normal email address. Daddyslittlegirl@blahblah.com is not impressive.Katie Barnett Ervin
Be as flexible as possible.Patrina King
Be prepared for interview,dress code is mandatory, get information about the employer and don’t be late for interview.Lirije Haliti
Seek to determine fit with the culture and leadership, not with the title or role.Salima Nathoo
Apply to the specific position, not the career. It is obvious when a resume is a general resume sent en masse versus one catered to my specific position that is open. Take the time to alter words, descriptions, and experience to be in line (and truthfu…See MoreKev Leo Moss
Research the companyAlonzo Demand

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