Ever experience this before – You envision this to be the perfect job for you, but the employer does not think so? The main reason a capable person like yourself is not hired is due to the lack of vision on the part of hiring recruiter. How do you counter that?
What do you do? Plant your vision into their head!
Learn everything you can about that company from the internet. Try to find anyone that works there and quiz them on the company’s product, their job, and the culture of the company. Now, imagine yourself in your new position. What do you look like?
Conduct this investigation prior to contacting any department head, supervisor, manager, or lastly HR. Incorporate your vision when describing past jobs. Paint a picture of how you used the very same skills they are requiring in your past jobs.
Use keywords – words the company is using to describe their next perfect employee. Use keywords heard from one of their employees and their job posting. Using these words to describe your skills and job responsibilities will not only get your info retrieved from their database of thousands but will help you sound like one of them!
Can’t find the right job? Spending most of your time perusing job openings on the internet’s big job boards? If you want to be more successful, it’s time to change your tactics. 60% of all job openings are filled through referrals before jobs even get posted. Of people using any of the big online job boards, only 15% actually find a job. Which category do you want to be in?
Want a shot at the best jobs? Want to be a part of that winning 60%? Here’s how. Cultivate relationships with those who are employed and in good standing with their employer. This generally means the happily employed. If you develop this network of friends, you will get first shot at the best jobs before they get posted anywhere meaning less competition. You will hear about job openings even if you are not looking. Pretty good uh? It is a great feeling.
Get recognized by volunteering with non-profit groups, charities, baseball coaches, football coaches, soccer, school functions at your children’s schools, and even church functions. Whatever you do, just start developing relationships with good people. Establish yourself as a genuine, sincere, hardworking individual. Don’t worry, these are generally part-time positions. You will have still have time for other job search avenues. However, do not spend more than about 10% of your time on the internet. Spend most of your time networking, dropping in on every happily employed person you know for a quick “howdy” and update. These people have influence and people like to help others.
Do this and you will not only get the type of attention you want, but these contacts will refer you to others without you even asking. People frequently discuss business at social events and referrals fly. Be one of those referrals. This is how the best jobs come to you.
The 6 step method contained below is logical fast track method to upgrading your career and is easy to sell to potential employers. With good people in short supply, companies are starting to focus more on skill sets and characteristics that easily transfer to their open jobs. It’s also a great way to change the direction of your career while utilizing your strongest assets.
Here are six pointers to get started:
- Identify your skills. Ask yourself what skills companies find valuable, then list them in order of strength. Search openings by those skills. Focus only on jobs requiring some mixture of your strongest skills.
- Create customized responses for each posting by expanding details on skills you have developed in past jobs that match their job requirements. Yes, this means every application you complete or every resume you send-out will be different from the last one to address your skill transfer to their opening.
- Don’t Apply for Every Job. Instead, concentrate maximum effort on the best matches for you by skills listed.
- Prepare for your interview before you get called. Though obvious, most people place little importance on it. In fact, research the company before you apply because
your firstcall you receive will be a short phone interview. You will not have any advance notice and you must sound intelligent.
- Preplan follow-ups, phone calls, and paperwork. Do your homework and sound informed by having something meaningful to say.
No matter what your background, during your job search it is in your best interest to stop focusing on job titles and start concentrating on your skills. Companies make this easier on you by listing in their postings the jobs skills they view most valuable. Start new job searches by looking for positions utilizing different variations of your strongest skills. This search will likely produce job opportunities that are skills compatible with titles you may not have considered in the past. “Prepare” to enjoy better results!