Finding the right job to apply for is not always easy, especially when you may be doubting your qualifications for a position. Maybe you’re a recent college graduate, you’re switching to a different industry, or you’ve taken some time away from working in the corporate environment. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand and be confident in the things you do bring to the table. This could be a set of applicable “soft skills”, education, or an incredible work ethic and positive attitude. Whatever makes you the best candidate, showcase it. Check out the tips below to learn how to best position yourself for your next great opportunity.
Perfect Your Resume. Make sure your resume is up to date and organized in a way that is customized for the job you’re applying for. The recruiting team will notice if there are key words on your resume that directly correlate to essential skills for the position. Study the job description and make updates to your resume.
Highlight Your Transferrable Skills. Transferrable skills like communication, time management, managing conflict, and collaborating well with people are important for a multitude of different roles. Having these skills may trump having a few years of technical experience, so focus on them when you can.
Create Your Network. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, get one. If you already have one, work on strengthening your profile to achieve the “All-Star” status. Start connecting with employees of the company you are interested in, share their blog posts, and interact with them on social media. Show that you are interested in what they do.
Be Available, Be Attentive, and Be Amazing. When you get the call for a phone screen or in-person interview, be prepared. Show the employer that you are available and be flexible with their schedule. Make sure you are actively listening when the hiring team is speaking. Don’t glance at your phone or fidget with your hands. Show them that they are the most important thing during that 30-60 min session.
Be Confident. As a friend once told me before my first big interview, only you know your story. Only you know how your experiences made you feel and made you grow. All employers want to learn about is you.
While there is no perfect strategy, there are several ways to enhance your chances of getting the job. Show your passion for the job and if you receive the offer, be prepared to prove your passion every single day. Don’t let up because you got the position; continue to show them why they hired you and make them proud of their decision. Next time you apply for a position, try thinking differently. Tell yourself you are exactly what they need.
By: Ashland Eckhart, Member & Student Recruiting Coordinator