Design matters and paying attention to the format of your resume is important. Don’t drag on job descriptions or your qualifications – be direct and to the point.
Research the job description and customize your resume to fit the requirements. Do your due diligence to know what you are applying for and how you can outshine the other applicants.
After having researched the job description, be sure to plug in key skills and the keywords to pop out to the hiring managers. Shine light on the skills that are relevant and make sense to the job opportunity.
Don’t forget to include your name, phone number, email and address on your resume.
Whether it is in an elevator or a conference room, every professional should have his or her elevator pitch ready to fire. When you hear, “Tell me about yourself”, you should have your run down illustrated in your mind.
Body Language. Actions speak louder than words and before you speak the hiring manager observes your body language. Your nonverbal cues are just as important as what you say during a job interview. Good posture, eye contact and firm handshakes.
Self-Confidence. Hiring managers admire seeing strong-minded individuals. They look for job seekers who are ready to take control in a position. Be sure of yourself and what you bring to the table.
Your Value. Piggy-backing off the self-confidence pointer, be sure of the value you bring to the company. Be humble but brag about your strengths and the skill set that you can provide to their company.
Be Personable. Remember that you’re going to be talking to a human being; someone similar to you. Get comfortable with talking to strangers and be open about asking how someone else is doing. Not many people are good at it, but those who are, get hired.
Sending a well-thought out note of appreciation after an interview is an excellent way to stick out from the other applicants you’re competing with.
Time is money and you took up some of the hiring manager’s time during your interview. It’s only natural to thank him or her for the time. Whether you are applying for an internship or an executive level position - always say thank you for the time. Typically it is assumed that this token of appreciation should be sent within 24 hours of your interview.
After learning more about the company, position and your potential work atmosphere, act like you care about it. Even if it’s difficult to do, act like you’re interested in the opportunity. In your follow-up thank you note, be sure to elaborate on why the position draws your attention and why you are interested in taking the next steps.
Don’t just thank them for their time, but ask for more. Ask what the next steps would be and how to proceed with the hiring process. Ask him or her for another time in the following week to speak more about the position or tell them that you are anticipating the next steps.
If you don’t receive a reply to your thank you note for 2-3 days and you do not hear back regarding the job opening, make sure to follow up again with him or her. You don’t have to follow up yet again to say thank you, however you can follow up to simply check-in to see if there are any updates regarding the job opportunity.
You’re on cruise control. You’ve completely lost interest in your position and your daily tasks seem redundant. Your role has become more or less too easy and comfortable for you to continue pretending that the job is a challenge anymore.
You’re bored, unmotivated. College is long gone and you’ve grown tired of the daily grind. You wonder why you spent an arm and a leg on your degree when your job seems to be moving nowhere. Everyday there seems to be more work piled high on your desk while you remember back to your professor telling you to stay on your toes in the workplace.
You've stopped learning. With hands on experience, acquiring new skills is an everyday task you. Your job becomes apart of your life and with that, your skill set becomes much more specialized and narrow. When you slow down or stop learning new things, you know you’ve become stagnant in the workplace.
Read the job description and make note of the buzzwords used. Keywords are usually nouns that highlight a specific skill or set of skills.
Leverage the buzzwords you found in your research of the job so you can plug in the keywords in your resume. Make it a point to place a buzzword in each job title you have held so you can show your experience throughout your career.
It’s time to bring this strategy full circle. You’ve plugged in the buzzwords to your resume headlines, skills and experience. Now take it to your introduction. When you email the hiring manager for an interview, use some of the buzzwords you found in the email subject line and in the email context. It will show the hiring manager that you’ve done your due diligence to apply for the position.
Hiring managers don’t know who you are; they just know their ideal candidate. Make yourself that ideal candidate and step up to the occasion. Even if you are unsure you are qualified for the position, it’s still beneficial to schedule an interview and keep your job search momentum going forward. Every interview is practice, and it can always lead to another open door. Introduce yourself to the hiring manager and take a proactive role in your job search.
It’s pretty obvious to a hiring manager who is focused and ready to work simply from communication. From the introduction email, to the first phone call and the eventual handshake during the interview, communication skills pop-out to hiring managers and play a big role in their decision-making. Be direct to the point, confident, and make sure you make eye contact.
Many job seekers believe they should list as many job titles with fancy headlines to look more experienced. Another common pitfall job seekers fall into is repeating skills and their qualifications become redundant. Hiring managers want experience, but they also want confidence. List only the important jobs and relevant experience that fits the job you’re applying for.