If you want to land any job that you have applied for, then it’s important to understand what employers are looking for in an applicant. Knowing this will help you create the best possible resume and cover letter, in addition to making sure that you know exactly what to say when you interview with them. Here are some tips on how to land any job.
How to land an interview?
If you don’t have a job interview scheduled, don’t fret. First of all, there are plenty of open jobs out there. Secondly, if you have kept in touch with your network and remain optimistic, they may be able to help you get one. Whether it’s because they know someone who is hiring or if it’s just that they think highly of you and want to see what will happen for you, it never hurts to ask for help from others. If job hunting has taught me anything, it’s that networking is key! But what do I say? After seeing hundreds of resumes and conducting dozens of interviews myself, I feel like there is nothing original left in terms of questions. This isn’t true!
Every candidate has a different background so that means you should ask candidates about their hobbies and interests, not necessarily about their day jobs. Here’s an example: Tell me about yourself. vs What is your favorite movie/book/song? They’re totally different (and better) questions! And by asking something different you’ll stand out as an employer — regardless of whether you’re applying for a job or looking for candidates.
How to land the job?
Getting a job is all about making yourself stand out from other applicants. The problem with that, though, is that you have no control over how others approach their applications. If you’re looking for ways to get noticed by hiring managers and make a lasting impression, there are several things you can do:
- focus your resume or CV solely on strengths relevant to the position,
- target companies using keywords on resumes and cover letters and
- take a leadership role in volunteer or extracurricular activities.
All of these steps will help you stand out among other applicants, so be sure to check them out if you’re struggling to land interviews!
The best cover letter
Make sure your cover letter is your best, brightest self—one that stands out from all others. Focus not only on why you’re a fit for a particular company, but also why you’re uniquely suited for a specific position. Put in some extra legwork by researching who may be reviewing your application and find ways to connect with them through social media or networking events. In addition, try customizing each cover letter to suit each prospective employer so it doesn’t seem like you took a pre-made cover letter and simply changed names and dates. While it might seem like an extra step, it could help you stand out as one of their top picks for an interview.
The best resume
Employers want to see a resume that’s clean, succinct, and optimized for their jobs board. But even if you meet all of those criteria, you might not be able to get an interview. So what do you do? There are a few things that employers will notice right away—such as typos or formatting errors—and it may be enough to disqualify your application altogether. Before you send off your resume, double-check everything: have someone else look at it and make sure there aren’t any glaring mistakes; print out a copy and check it against another copy; keep your word processor’s spelling and grammar check turned on while writing; use common sense.
The best LinkedIn profile
A strong LinkedIn profile is essential for career advancement—it’s one of those rare pieces of technology that many professionals actually use. Once you have your profile set up, make sure you’re taking full advantage of its features by using these tips to craft a professional and compelling profile. While there are no shortage of articles, guides, and templates online, none are more useful than real-world advice from experts who have used LinkedIn as an effective tool in their own careers. We chatted with two career experts who told us how they landed some of their most coveted positions through LinkedIn—and what employers are looking for when they review your profile. Here’s how they did it.
Make sure your picture really represents you: One expert had spent years working in marketing but was put in charge of product management at her new company. We decided to hire someone else because I didn’t feel qualified, she says. But then I saw another opening at another division of my same company; one that would let me leverage my past experience. So we started discussing possible candidates, and I suggested myself! She made sure to take extra care with her profile photo so she could show herself as a product manager, not just a marketer.
When users look for candidates on LinkedIn, having specific photos tailored to each role shows that you’ve taken time and thought into how you present yourself—and will likely be invested in furthering your career within the company. Include data points wherever possible: Using bullet points or tables allows companies to easily scan through potential candidates without having to read paragraphs upon paragraphs of text.
Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives working, and sometimes it feels like landing a dream job isn’t possible. The truth is that if you want something bad enough, you can do anything. While there are many factors that influence whether or not you’ll get hired for a specific position, there are still some universal truths about getting hired anywhere.
Here’s what to keep in mind when applying for jobs: Most employers are impressed by enthusiasm, so go into interviews with confidence and enthusiasm. Your interviewers will pick up on your excitement and will likely be more invested in hiring you; after all, who doesn’t want enthusiastic employees? Be personable and make eye contact during your interviews; these things help your interviewers learn more about you as a candidate.