When you're applying for a job, you don't just want to get noticed: You want to stand out as the best applicant the hiring committee has ever seen. You know you're the perfect person for the job—and you want them to know that, too.
But how, exactly, do you do that? Here’s a roundup of the best job search advice - from getting noticed before you apply to acing the interview.
Get Noticed (Before You Even Apply!)
Recruiters spend countless hours scouring job sites like http://www.HireForJobs.net/ in search of the high performers. Knowing this, you’ll serve yourself well to market yourself as a high performer, through your verbiage (think action words, accomplishments) and by having multiple endorsements and testimonials.
Create a winning online portfolio, showcasing samples of your work. Better yet, if you’re applying for a specific position, pay particular attention to the skills advertised in the job description, then use that information to help guide you on what to put front and center on your portfolio.
Another unique way to get the time and attention of leaders in particular startups is to offer a suggestion for the company or present an interesting perspective of the business that they hadn’t thought of before. This opens the opportunity for a potential interview or even a confirmed job.
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Craft a Winning Cover Letter and Resume
Use as many facts, figures, and numbers as you can in your resume bullet points. How many people were impacted by your work? By what percentage did you exceed your goals? By quantifying your accomplishments, you really allow the hiring manager to picture the level of work or responsibility you needed to achieve this accomplishment.
When you’re writing your cover letter, remember that the hiring manager is likely going to be reading a lot of them (and he/she probably doesn’t really enjoy reading them much more than you like writing them). So, while you want to make the letter professional, you also want to put some of your own personality in it.
Recruiters appreciate candidates who prepare and can demonstrate that they’ve read up on the company and understand the organization's problems and concerns. Make a clear connection between with the company needs and your specific skills and accomplishments, and you’ll be a head above the other candidates.
One of the most important ways to show you’re the right person for the job is to spell out how you would fit in to the position and the company’s goals. Giving a few examples of how your past experience is transferrable shows that you’ve thought through how you would fit in to the organization—and makes things crystal clear for the hiring manager too.
It’s better to address a cover letter or pitch email to a specific person rather than just saying “Dear hiring manager.” And not just any person, but the right person—the person who could choose you for the job.
Make a Lasting First Impression
The person at the front desk may not be the hiring manager—but that doesn’t mean his or her impression of you doesn’t matter. In fact, some companies specifically ask their front desk attendants to report back on the demeanor of interviewees who come through the door.
Dress for success—but that doesn't always mean a suit. Find out how company regulars dress on a daily basis, and then step it up just a notch for that first meeting (e.g., if everyone wears jeans, don a pair of pressed khakis). You’ll easily prove that you can fit right in.
Introduce yourself by making eye contact, smiling, stating your first and last name, and giving a firm but brief handshake . Then, listen for the other person’s name (it’s easy to miss when you’re nervous), then use it two times while you’re speaking. This will not only help you remember his or her name, but also appear sincere and interested in the conversation.
Imitating certain behaviors and attitudes of your interviewer can help make a fast connection between you and the stranger on the other side of the table (it’s called mirroring , and it works). For example, if your interviewer has high energy and gestures while he or she talks, strive to express that high level of liveliness. And vice versa: If your questioner is calm and serious, tame your energy down a bit.
Pay attention to what your body language is communicating. Once you’ve done this for a while, you have an ability to read people by their behaviour. You look at body language, the way they speak, and the way they present themselves to show the whole picture. For instance, a candidate says, ‘I’m open to new ideas,’ but then sit with their arms and legs crossed, it’s questionable. If they say they have management skills but don’t carry themselves like leaders, it’s hard to trust that assertion. The details make the difference.
Ace the Interview
Overall, the most impressive candidates are those who genuinely care about the company and job they are interviewing for, have done their research , and are able to sell themselves based on that information. In today’s age of social networking, follow the company on the social media channels, read blogs and engage as well.
Take your portfolio to a job interview, and refer to the items inside while discussing your work experience. Don’t forget about the numbers! Finding some numbers, percentages, increases, or quotas you can use when talking about your responsibilities and accomplishments really sweetens the deal and helps you tell a hiring manager why you’re so awesome without feeling like you’re bragging. Don’t just say, “I increased sales”—instead say “I boosted our sales numbers 75%,” and you’re sure to be remembered.
Be ready with ideas for how you’d like to improve the company in your role. What new features would you be most excited to build? How would you engage users (or re-engage existing ones)? How could the company increase conversions? How could customer service be improved? You don’t need to have the company’s four-year strategy figured out, but you can share your thoughts, and more importantly, show how your interests and expertise would lend themselves to the job .
When responding to interview questions, use the S-T-A-R method. Set up the situation and the task that you were required to complete to provide the interviewer with background context, but spend the bulk of your time describing what you actually did (the action) and what you achieved (the result).
When you’re presented with a complicated question, don’t be afraid to answer it with more questions. What the interviewer is really looking for is that you can think through the information you’ll need to reach a solution, and then ask for it—or explain how you’d seek it out—in a structured, logical way.
When you start listening to your interviewer’s responses, you can determine what kind of of answers he or she is looking for. Does your interviewer go into a lot of elaboration? Does he or she use data sources as examples? Model your responses the same way: If your interviewer consistently mentions percentages and numbers, make sure to weave those into your answers , clearly indicating that you decreased your department’s case backlog by 65%, or that you exceeded your fundraising goal by $1,500 last quarter.
Studies show that the highest rated interviewees are those who seem positive, interested, and engaged (P-I-E) in the conversation. But it’s hard to pull off this trifecta when you’re obsessing over what question might be coming next and then scrambling to recall how you’re supposed to answer it. Focus more on being a thoughtful participant in the conversation than on trying to predict what’s coming next and how you’re going to respond.
Follow Up the Right Way
Besides providing thoughtful and succinct answers to the questions asked, personal thank-you notes (referencing specific parts of the conversations had) should be done.