Whether you want to get that once-in-a-lifetime dream job or you’re just looking for something temporary so that you can earn money as you put yourself through college, you need to be able to market yourself effectively for the role.
This can be quite complicated to say the least because every employer is looking for something different but also because there are typically a LOT of candidates for every job.
So, it’s fair to say you’ll have your work cut out for you if you want to get the job, but if you take a look at these insider tips for getting a job, provided by various hiring managers, bosses and recruitment companies, you will definitely have an edge.
Ensure Your Cover Letter is Finely Tuned
If you want to be noticed by the hiring manager, so that you can start that much wanted new career always send a cover letter and you should always make it plain in that letter that you know everything there is to know about the company (well almost everything) and that you have the skills it takes to do the job well.
In order to do this, you should spend a few hours scouring the company website, LinkedIn profile and any other information you can find. It would also be useful to check out this guide to writing cover letters so that you can be sure that you get it right. Make sure it’s neat and that it matches the style of your resume and you’ll be good to go.
Work on Your Body Language
Without even realizing it, we all give off certain signals that can either convince HR to hire us or not. Making eye contact, smiling, shaking hands firmly and, perhaps most importantly of all, mirroring the interviewer will all help to push the odds in your favor, so if you tend to be quite awkward at interviews or you don’t know much about body language, it might be worth learning about it before you apply for that job.
You might not think that it makes much difference, but most recruiters will tell you that it absolutely does.
Volunteer Work Can be a Lifesaver to Getting a Job
If you have any gaps in your resume it can put hiring managers off even though it probably wasn’t your fault that you were out of work. One thing that can save you from being looked over due to a gap in your working history, is volunteering.
When recruiters see volunteering on your resume, it shows them that, although you might not have been in paid employment all of the time, you are certainly not a slacker and you will work hard.
So, consider plugging the gap by doing something positive, for the benefit of others, with your time.
Ensure It’s Word Perfect
When you’re sending your resume and cover letter or filling out that job application, take your time to ensure that you spell everything correctly. Take note especially, of the names of the managers and that your punctuation and grammar is perfect.
This will show that you’re diligent and capable, and it won’t annoy the higher ups causing them to toss your application aside before you’ve even had an opportunity to impress.
The market may be competitive, but if you do the above, the job is far more likely to be yours! Share other ways to get a job and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to receive exclusive information right in your inbox!