There are five essential job tools that all professionals must possess. These tools help us meet new contacts and put our best foot forward. To bolster the success of your job search or day-to-day work performance, try to incorporate these five essential tools in your professional life.1. Business Cards
Regardless of whether you are an entry-level professional or a seasoned veteran, a business card is an essential tool to use to establish new contacts and to maintain your professional network. Keep your business cards neat and clean, and make sure you have several cards on you at all times. Business cards should contain your name and contact information, including phone number and email address. Additional information that you may want to include are your Website address and job title, if applicable.
It is a good idea to always keep your resume updated and accessible-you never know when you might need to forward someone your resume/CV. Read an earlier post on tips for writing an unbeatable resume.
3. Cover Letter
Your cover letter is as essential-if not more so-than your resume. A cover letter serves as a formal introduction and your handshake. It is what initially hooks a hirer’s interest and makes him or her want to read your resume. Read more about how to develop a winning cover letter.
4. Business Suit
A business suit is the conventional garb for job interviews and formal events. Depending on your company’s corporate culture, you may be required to wear a suit everyday. For entry-level professionals, you might be surprised to know that there are many exceptional suits at thrift stores. Some of my associates who are now senior-level executives patronized thrift stores in their early careers and found some of their best business attire there. For all business suits, keep the colors conservative: choose shades of gray, black, or navy blue. For most industries, avoiding bright colors and bold patterns is a smart move.
5. Meeting Etiquette
Although this is not a tool per se, one’s etiquette during meetings and interviews is an essential part of how successful a professional will be. Eye contact, proper hygiene, and grooming are three areas that are mandatory components of successful meeting etiquette. Additional areas of importance include avoiding heavy perfume and cologne, making eye contact during conversations, and researching company products and services. These are three areas that a hirer will notice and will use to form a lasting impression of your professional success and capabilities.
These five essential job tools are areas that can help you improve your career and job success. Try to master as many as possible. Are there any other job tools that you find essential? If so, please share your ideas here.