The market is very competitive right now and as we go into fall, there may be even less hiring now that the last batch of graduates have swooped in and filled open jobs. How are you going to win over your future employer? Are you going to leave it to chance?
We're here to give you the inside scoop on what it takes to secure a job offer. Every step of the way, you need to be ahead of your peers. You can't just have an amazing resume anymore. You have to also be able to speak to that resume and demonstrate your added value. Even the most talented candidates can fumble during the interview process or fail to shine during any other touch points. Let's get ahead of those competitors.
Before you can win the job offer, you need to be invited to come in for an interview. Here are 4 tips for winning yourself an interview.
- Communicate Proactively- Don't wait for the recruiters to see your application on a job posting site. Reach out to people who work at that company and network your way to an interview. You can use the job boards as a place to gather intel on what they are looking for in terms of skills and positions. If you already have friends at the company, that's even better. Referral fees are very big in companies and it pays of for both you and a friend. Less than a quarter of all jobs are filled by someone from a job board posting so don't sit around waiting to be on the losing end of that statistic.
- Use your resume to steal the show- It only takes 6 seconds for a potential employer to scan your resume and make the decision to put your resume in the trash. Don't waste the top of your resume on objectives and fluff lines, use them to point out accomplishments and mirror the job posting. Familiar words from the posting will jump out to the reader and make sure you keep your resume in reverse chronological order to stay relevant. As for the little details, font size of 11 is the perfect size for a resume and font families are usually Times, Georgia, Arial, Lucida Sans, and Tahoma. If you're resume doesn't make the reader search for information, the better chances you have to getting an interview request.
- Have a digital footprint- Just because you have you're profile on private doesn't mean you can afford to be silent elsewhere. Employers now look for your voice on industry new and events. A well informed blog post can go a long way on LinkedIn. Even a well crafted tweet can be influential if it's a well performing one. You don't have to be a writer to be judged on your words these days, so make them count.
- Be able to communicate without emoticons or excessive exclamation points- Remember that your a professional who must be versed in professional jargon. Don't let your excitement get the best of you, but do remain personal. If you make a personal connection, you're more likely to get an interview and the offer.
After you've received an interview request, you need to dazzle them with your accomplishments. It can't just be all talk though, you have to demonstrate how you've contributed to show how you can do it again for this new company. The following are all integral parts of a successful employee:
- Increased Revenue- Tell them how you directly or indirectly made or saved a company money. This is something that every company wants in their organization.
- Automated Processes- If you've improved a process, they want to know how and by how much. Make sure you have a detailed example to recall.
- Acted As A Part Of A Team- Someone who is easy to work with will be a great addition to a team. If you have management experience, speak to that.
- Added Value To The Culture- If you started your own program in the company or some new initiative, it shows the company that you add value not just to the bottom line, but to the company itself.
- Prevented Disaster- Have a history of saving the day? Companies want to know that too. The ability to see disaster coming and preventing it is crucial in most industries. It's an impressive talent for companies that are both progressive and preemptive.
Remember that the interviewer is hoping you succeed, so go in with that attitude. The job is yours as long as you can prove your added value. If you want to start your process of winning a new job offer, contact us for open positions we're currently staffing.