There’s so much fuss about what to do and what not to do in order to land a job. There’s so much content and articles on the Internet, everyone claiming to be an expert in their own right. Sometimes, there are obvious contradictions that even the person seeking answers will leave each page more confused.
With this post, every single detail you need to know about a successful job search has been broken down into 6 easy tips that will help you get that job.
Show you’re the best fit:
When preparing your application, you should endeavor to craft a resume that can not only scale past the Applicant tracking system, but also the human eyes that will see it afterwards. Jenny Foss, Career strategist and blogger says you must connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”. You can achieve this by understanding the job description and mirror the words and phrases applying your strengths to the most relevant requirement of the job.
Your resume is a living document (so is your LinkedIn profile):
You may have a fantastic resume and LinkedIn profile. However, if you do realize that they don’t sell you as the perfect candidate for a particular role, feel free to tweak them a bit. Change words, rearrange the list of skills, swap bullet points, if you must. Just ensure your resume and LinkedIn profile are constantly updated to suit each role you apply for.
Beyond Online Applications:
Personal referrals are a great way to get a job, says Jenny Foss. She adds that you will spend a very long time searching for jobs if you simply rely on online applications. Get to know people who work within the company you’re interested in and win their trust. Recruiters are likely to go with an internal referral than a total stranger.
You don’t have to be Boring:
I know a lot of people think there’s some kind of job search “correctness” that they must imbibe in order to get a job. Well, I only know of a very few people who managed to get a job by memorizing the entire interview questions, phrases and cliches that have come to be associated with interviews. Truth is, I wouldn’t want to hire a robot, would you? You have to be endearing, likable and easy to remember. Most employers want such people in their companies.
Not on LinkedIn? Not Anywhere:
Carson Kohler of Top Resume implies that you almost do not exist if you’re not on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has more than 600 million professional profiles and that is a huge market of opportunities for you. Foss adds that if you do not have a LinkedIn profile and a recruiter searches for someone in your location with the skills that you have, they’ll not find you.
Never forget to say Thank You:
Millennials are not exactly known to say “Thank You” a lot. Well, people still appreciate the fact that you appreciate their time and consideration. Always be the first to send a Thank You email after every interview. It speaks a lot to the kind of person you are. This may just be the thoughtful, unscripted thing you’ll do that gets you the job.
Every recruiter needs to hire someone who brings something to the table. What extra value are you bringing to the company? How does hiring you make business sense? These are some of the unspoken questions you must answer during an interview.