When you apply for a job, you know precisely what you’re looking for. You want an organisation you love, good colleagues, a great remuneration, an environment where you’d fit in and most essentially, you want to love what you’ll be doing. But do you ever contemplate what your prospective employers are looking for in their employees?
It comes as no surprise that both companies and recruiters get inundated by resumes, as more and more candidates chase fewer and fewer jobs. So wouldn’t it be just great to have a crystal ball where you could “see” the magical combination of skills, knowledge and abilities that the employers look for in candidates while hiring? That’s because once you identify the attributes and skills that most employers seek, you can tailor your job-search strategy to highlight how well your silhouette aligns with the common employer needs.
So, how do you sell yourself to land a professional opportunity? Here are a few ways to do it:
A Great Resume to Start With:
A résumé is an individual’s billboard; a reflection of the candidate in the eyes of the reader, “To get noticed in the first place, you need to have a striking resume. Everything your resume says should be a talking point that enables you to conclude a story you can tell. The more appealing and accurate the story, the more you will be able sell yourself. Make sure someone re-examines your résumé for style, content and precision. Use a colleague who may have a bout of scepticism in their DNA pool to get some positive criticism. If an individual has zero comments try to get the combined wisdom of your peers,” Remember, it’s your first point of contact with your hiring manager. So keep it up to date and fresh.
The Right fit Matters:
It’s the latest buzzword but means different things to different employers. The right fit and experience level usually allows candidates to hit the ground running devoid of a lot of hand-holding. But the right fit goes beyond the job requirements. Would a given applicant be content working as part of this company or team…and would the people be happy working with this individual? If hired, would this person last? Generally, employers utilize behavioural interviewing to find out if a candidate is the right ‘Fit’ or not.
A Great Online Presence:
Social networking has become the most important way through which people are communicating these days. But it is a double-edged sword! Companies can easily access your private life. Because of this constant spotlight and the pace at which information is disseminated, it is vital that you be digitally clean, particularly when hunting a job! Traditional reference verifications through past employers are passé; instead, build your online presence through positive references from your ex-professional peers and professors. Also try and find connections within the organisation who can put in a good word for you.
Exude a Positive Attitude:
The last thing employers want is to hire people who grumble about the tough job market or bad mouth their previous employers or jobs. So, stay positive and emit exuberance! If you lack the experience and skills required, this could be your chance! Use your charisma and positive attitude to stand out amongst the other applicants.
Remember, there are thousands of people like you who are searching for jobs. You will have to find a way to set yourself apart from the rest! Stay positive and optimistic. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked and never lose faith in yourself and your capabilities. Most individuals abhor acting as their own marketers, but that is what hunting for a job is all about. People create their own luck. It starts with marketing the finest product that you have…You!