Getting a job is all about timing and presentation. Even when you are hoping to get a job you may be underqualified for, you should never sell yourself short. The worst thing that can happen is you can find yourself in the same position as when you started. Employers are looking for employees who are passionate about a role, who are eager to learn, and excited by the opportunity to join a team and make a difference. The truth is that many jobs require a lot of on the job training that can’t be earned outside or in different positions anyway.
The things that aren’t teachable, that’s what you need to highlight in your resume. Industry knowledge, personal skills, attention to detail and an ability to collaborate effectively with team members, that’s what leads to success within a role. So dust off your resume, put your best foot forward and go for that job you really want. You’ll never regret reaching for something bigger and better, even if you don’t get the job. But to help make sure you have your best chance, here are some tips to help get you off to the right start.
Position Yourself Early
Given that employers receive many, many applications for most jobs, it makes sense that they pick the most qualified of the candidates to come in for an interview. You need to know what those hiring managers are looking for from a successful candidate and position yourself appropriately to impress those readers. Highlight your past successes. Showcase your results to give them an idea of what you could do for them if you were hired. Growing a team is hard work. Make it easy for your hiring manager and show them why you are the most qualified applicant.
Think Outside the Resume
It’s not just a cover letter and a resume that gets someone hired. It’s the personal connection that they are able to make with the hiring manager. If your application reads like you are a robot, chances are the employer won’t be interested enough to want to work with you. Sometimes you need to do something different to stand out from the crowd. Consider visiting the office directly. Connect with employers on social media. Learn as much as you can about the company and about the team you want to join so that they know how committed you are to the role before you are even hired. One of the worst situations is when a hiring manager makes a mistake and hires the wrong person. Don’t let them think that might be you.
Don’t Get Frustrated
The bottom line is to keep at it. Don’t doubt yourself but take time to evaluate all parts of your application if things really aren’t working out. Try something new. Reformat your resume. Reach out and connect in person. If anything else the fact-finding and experimenting will help you learn more about where you want your career to grow, and in a job search as in life, knowledge is the most powerful tool you can ask for.
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