Looking for a new job can be a challenging, time-consuming and often times frustrating experience. Whether you’re fresh out of college, looking for a career change or just fed up of your current job, waiting for months on end to get hired is not desirable. You need a job, and you need it yesterday.
Having worked as a recruiter for many years and had the opportunity to conduct countless interviews, I have come to realize that it isn’t about the lack of opportunities, nor a lack of talent. People not getting jobs can be largely attributed to a lack of planning on the candidate’s part, a misunderstanding of the job requirements and a lack of fine-tuning for your sales pitch. At the end of the day, applying for a job is no different than a sales pitch where you have to sell your skills to the potential employer. Knowing how to do it is the most important part of getting employed at your dream job.
In this article, we will share some useful tips you can use to get hired quickly.
1. Get your timing right
Jobs are not available year-round. The job that matches your qualifications and interests can be even harder to find. It is important to know when vacancies relevant to you might open up. Some companies have a defined hiring window within a year during which they look for candidates. This is especially true for companies that hire fresh graduates, because colleges have fixed schedules for each graduating batch.
Sometimes companies only hire when they’re expanding, or when someone vacates a position. If you have a company in mind that you want to work for, you should do some research and find out when the ideal time would be for applying.
2. Focus your search
It is important to always keep searching for new opportunities. However, do not apply to every job post that you come across. It can become a waste of time and effort real fast. Always focus your job search onto the opportunities that are most relevant to you. Better yet, compile a list of companies you would like to work for, and see what kind of employees you are looking for.
LinkedIn is a great too for scoping out a company’s workforce. Not only can you get to know the type of people that have been hired at a company, you can also get to know about the management hierarchy within the company and identify influential people that can help your cause.
3. Target your resume
The most common mistake candidates make when applying for job posts is creating one CV/resume and sending it to all available job posts. One size never fits all. When you are applying for a job, check out the job requirements and tailor your resume accordingly. For example, if you’re applying for a .NET software developer job, then highlight and bring to top the projects or assignments you have done using .NET. Having done projects not relevant to job requirements is of no use to the recruiter. Always have multiple versions of your CV/resume at hand for different job requirements.
4. Write a good cover letter
A good cover letter can go a long way towards securing you your dream job. Recruiters will often read the cover letter and decide from there whether to even open your CV or not. Besides, reading resumes all day can get really boring for a recruiter, so a crafty cover letter is sometimes all it takes to perk up their interest.
5. Get your social media profiles in order
Yes, that embarrassing photo of yours your friends (or maybe even yourself) might have posted on Facebook needs to go. If you discuss politics or religion frequently on social media, that needs to be hidden as well. Being opinionated is not a bad thing, but it is important to present yourself as unbiased to the recruiter.
6. Do some extra effort
It is important for recruiters to see that you’re willing to go above and beyond. Besides listing your job experiences in your resume, it is also important to list down projects and extra-curricular activities. Having volunteer work experiences goes a long way towards making a good impression on the recruiter.
7. Be punctual
Always be punctual! This should always go without saying. Arrive at the interview venue on time, a few minutes early if possible. If you’re given a hiring task, be sure to submit it ahead of time instead of at the last hour. If the interviewer asks you to send a document or other relevant information (such as work samples) over email, don’t waste time and send it over as soon as possible!
8. Interview the interviewer
This is perhaps one of the oldest tricks in the hiring book. Ask the interviewer a bunch of (relevant) questions and turn the interview into a discussion rather than a one-sided Q&A session. It shows the interviewers that you’re proactive and you interested in the job and the company. Not asking questions not only keeps you in the dark, it also gives off a negative, non-confident vibe. Never interrupt the interviewer while he is asking questions, though. Always wait for them to finish, answer their questions and then ask some questions of your own.
9. Follow up
After you are done with the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for the opportunity. Also send them a follow-up email, letting them know you’re grateful for the chance to interview, and are looking forward to working with the team.
10. Be patient!
Patience is always key to success. You will not always land a job within a few days. Some companies take weeks to interview and process all applicants before shortlisting. So, instead of losing hope, have some patience. Do not pester the hiring team with texts and emails regarding the progress of your application – you don’t need to come off as needy.
I hope you found these tips useful. Remember that for any job application, you have to sell yourself with your presentation and skills. So be the best you can be, show some confidence and give it your all! Hopefully you will land your dream job pretty quickly! Good luck