Are you looking for a new job? Whatever the reason, it’s time to send out that resume and apply these 6 tips to get hired.
1. Spread the word:
Do let your contacts, network, friends and family know that you’re looking for new opportunities and be specific as to what you are looking for sign up to job searching sites such as Seek, Career Builder and Indeed. Be sure to contact recruiting agencies and headhunters, this will help to get your resume out to a wider audience and therefore improve your chances at being found and hired.
Do not use your work computer to search for a new job. Be discreet and be ethical when job searching.
2. Review your resume and cover letter:
Do ensure that your resume and cover letter is well written are key to landing interviews. Your resume and cover letters are an advertisement of yourself. You are selling your expertise and your skills. Be sure to include keywords that the job listing contains in your resume and cover letter. Get a friend to review these documents before you start applying for jobs and sending them out to recruiters.
Do not use the same cover letter for each job application. It should always be tailored to the specific role and organisation.
3. Audit your social media profiles:
Do ensure that you audit your social media profiles. They use social accounts to screen potential candidates, so its important that you stand out online for all the right reasons. Ensure that your professional profiles such as LinkedIn or your personal website highlight your experience and accomplishments.
Do not leave your personal social media profiles publicly visible. Check your privacy settings to ensure your personal information, including pictures or comments that others post, are not available for public viewing. This ensures that nothing can be construed in the wrong way that will make you miss out on the job.
4. Do your homework on the company:
Do try to learn as much as you can about a company before an interview. What are their key services? When were they founded? How many employees in the company? Are they national or international? What are their key achievements? More importantly what are other people saying about them? More importantly think about what you can add to the company? Can you help the company achieve a certain goal? Ensure that you bring these examples into the interview.
Do not go to an interview without having done your homework on the company.
5. Be prepared for your interview:
Do ensure that you take a portfolio containing your work and extra copies of your resume to your interview. Also don’t forget to take a list of questions to ask your potential employer.
Do not leave your phone active during the interview. Ensure that it is silenced or switched off and in a place where it will not distract you or the interviewer, during your interview.
6.Say thank you:
Do give your interviewer a firm handshake at the end of the interview, accompanied with eye contact. After the interview be sure to connect with each person you met on LinkedIn, and when connecting say a little thank you in the message. Ideally this should be completed on the same day as the interview. Don't be afraid to continue sending out resumes after your interview.
Do not follow up with the potential employer a few days after the interview. Be sure to leave it at least one week before touching base. Bare in mind that the average contact time after an interview is three weeks or sometimes longer.
Be persistent and follow these 6 tips to get the job you want. Remember, first impressions count.