Landing that Next Job
If I knew how to sell myself, then I should have been gainfully employed pretty quickly. Right? Well, it has been almost a year since I was laid off. Is it me or is it the employer? Let’s talk about the basics of finding a job and see how I scored in this 15 Quick Tips to Get Hired Fast.
Getting Hired 101
- Save time searching by using advanced search options on job boards. I use Indeed, the #1 job site, and have used this option as well as setting up several alerts to the email that I only use for leads.
- Focus your search on positions that you are qualified for and target certain companies. I have applied for manager and director-level positions in my industry (health care), continue to target companies that I want to work for, and have expanded my search to include education and government.
- Don’t stop applying for jobs. Most job seekers are rejected 15 times before getting hired. I have stopped counting the rejections!
- Customize your cover letter, matching your skill set to the job description. Been there, done that, but I will admit that every application doesn’t get a cover letter. And, I have received interviews with and without a cover letter.
- Target your resume to the position. Once I read the job description, I adapt my resume accordingly.
- Don’t include all your experience on your resume. I have been told to go back only 10 years on your resume, but when you have only worked for two companies in 25 years the math doesn’t add up.
- Include more than full-time employment on your resume. To fill the gap in my resume, I have done pro bono work and went back to school.
- Dress like a manager. Purchased a new spring top for my most recent interview.
- Be yourself in the interview. There is a fine line between being comfortable in the interview and being professional, and you need to have some “rehearsed answers” to common questions they will ask to test your skill set.
- Be a storyteller to demonstrate your skills and experience. I always have a few stories in my back pocket to illustrate a point.
- Don’t bad mouth a previous employer.
- Send a thank you note after an interview.
- References are important.
- Apply for the same job more than once.
I have done the final five recommendations. As to #15, twice I contacted the hiring manager when I saw the same job posted again, but one time it was a mistake and the other time, the hiring manager did not expect to have the budget to hire but still posted the job.
How Did You Score?
I think I scored pretty well in this “Getting Hired 101” list. What about you? Have you done these tips when looking for a job? Do you have anything to add and possibly help me land my next job?