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The fact that you are a self-proclaimed introvert, is irrelevant when it comes to creating your resume.

You also claim to be shy i.e. ‘hasn't done much social stuff in school’ doesn’t get reflected in your resume but certainly will when you start applying for jobs and going for job interviews.

You don’t say what field you will be applying for jobs in, if any specifically. I’m also assuming that this may be your first job in the working world and you likely don’t have a vast amount of work experience to draw upon.

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I don’t see myself applying for an experienced, mid level position in the near future.

Having said that, I wouldn’t see myself worrying that the position has been open for 60 days or more.

It often takes a while for an employer to get things organized. There may not have been any qualified applicants. The fact that you are being interviewed at all is noteworthy in the sense that they are considering you as a potential hire.

There may even be other reasons such as nobody wanting to apply for the job. There could be a myriad of problems with the job, including the direct supervisor, the employees, working conditions etc.

It might be worth your while to do some sleuthing to find out if any of what I have suggested may be true. If they are, it may be a deal breaker for you wanting to work there. Or, it may give you some insight on how to answer questions from the interviewer that may be covertly addressing a problematic work environment.

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While it has been proposed that you should never turn down a job interview, I can’t whole-heartedly support that premise.

Every opportunity comes with logistics attached. Should one of those logistics be the fact that you are currently at work or the interview would be during your scheduled work time, I think it could be detrimental to your current employment status should you choose the interview over your work obligation. Postponing, or rescheduling would be prudent.

I guess it also depends on how desperate you are. I really don’t like having to respond to someone else’s sense of urgency. It can be artificially induced pressure.

Postponing or rescheduling may also serve to illustrate that you are an assertive person and may very well work in your favour. Unless of course, they are looking to hire a follower.

If the interview is during a period of time that you are not working … then by all means go for it!

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There is no reason that you can’t tell an interviewer that you are nervous but it serves no purpose other than attempting to reduce your anxiety. It won’t!

Any good interviewer will know that you are nervous, without you telling them. Depending on their personality, they may be understanding and supportive of you or they may use it against you.

You would be better off in trying to reduce your nervousness prior to going for the job interview.

This can be done by brainstorming possible questions that you may be asked during the interview and preparing for answers. The job description itself can be a great place to prepare yourself for potential questions.

Another great anxiety-reducing strategy is to do some role playing. Have someone ask you questions and answer them as if you were in the actual job interview.

Anxiety usually won’t kill you, but seeming overly anxious may kill the interview. You want to come across as being confident and the right person to be hired for the job.

There is an old saying that goes ‘fake it until you make it.’ If you believe that you are confident and not anxious, you in turn will be confident. It really works!

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curriculum vitae vsmallYou have a challenge before you, but no different than anyone else that graduates from school then goes looking for work in their chosen field.

Others have done it and you will as well.

Looking for work is work … and you have some work ahead of you.

In my part of the world, western Canada, we call a CV a resume, so I will refer to it as such from now on.

From your Bio, it looks like you have a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Banking.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:14

I got a call back for a job interview ...

I got a call back for a job interview but I told her I wanted to keep my current job. I changed my mind. Can I call back now or is it too late?

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I don't know the person, but I think they may have some opportunities available.

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As in many questions, there is no definitive way to answer it.

Every interviewer has their own set of criteria to decide whether you are thoughtful or not.

Many people seem to put something like “looking for new opportunities” but this always comes across as a bit desperate to me. Is there a way of being more professional about basically saying “I’m looking for a new job, please consider me for appropriate positions”.

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