To optimize your success when job searching, remember these three P’s: patience, persistence and being proactive. Your goal is to do whatever it takes to make yourself stand out from your competition. Here are some tips to help you up your game:
Make your resume outstanding.
Your resume is your professional calling card and the tool that can open the door to landing an interview.
- Customize your resume to help an employer quickly determine that you’re right for the job. Immediately demonstrate your suitability by highlighting whatever strengths differentiate you from other candidates.
- Never underestimate the power of a cover letter. Remember, it will be read even before your resume. Be sure it tells a hiring manager what it is about a particular position that aligns with your goals and vision. And use it as added opportunity to elaborate on the unique value you offer.
Polish up your interview skills.
It starts with a handshake and a critical review of how you look and ends with a strong finish.
- Look and act the part. Smile and show your confidence, even though interviews can be nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing. Greet your interviewers with a firm handshake. Be dressed for success. This means conservative, businesslike and appropriate to the specific role. Your appearance or demeanor should not overshadow the conversation.
- It’s a two-way street. It’s important to ask questions of your own. In fact, this shows that you’ve done your research and have a sincere interest in the position and the company. Prepare a list of intelligent, relevant questions ahead of time.
- End on a high note. If your interviewers aren’t clear about the next step in their hiring process, make this your last question before you leave. Find out if there’s any further information you can provide, and when you should expect follow-up. Remember that handshake and confidence? Repeat same – and be sure to thank all your interviewers, both in person and with individual notes within a day or so afterwards.
Optimize your online presence.
The content someone sees when they search for you online – or even stumble across as they scroll through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and your name comes up – is a critical aspect of your personal brand., whether you like it or not.
- What you say and do in cyberspace will follow you forever. Potential employers will almost certainly conduct at least a cursory examination of your social medial presence, so be sure that yours is professional and acceptable in their eyes.
- Social media is all about connections. Always consider what doors you want to open – or close – when posting content or images. Think of it this way: If you were or are working, would you want your boss to see you that way? If not, it doesn’t belong online.
Whether it’s crafting the right resume and cover letter, fine tuning your interview skills, maximizing your social media presence or any other aspect of your job search, the executive search consultants at TRC Professional Solutions can help. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.