Applying for jobs and attending interviews is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting a job offer. There are a few things you can do that will enhance your chances as you move forward through the process. Before you apply to the next job, it’s a good idea to take a look back at what you already have at your disposal and how you can improve things. Here are some things that will make a difference if you want the job offer.
Update Your Resume
We can’t overstate it. When you feel your job search is not getting the hits you want, it’s important that you take a closer look at your current resume. Is it optimized to help recruiters find you and to convince hiring managers to call you?
Focus on your accomplishments and provide real-world examples that will help employers consider you for their open positions.
Write a Killer Cover Letter
Your cover letter, not your resume, is the actual first impression you’ll have on a potential employer. Don’t just pound something out on the keyboard as you send over your email, take some time to make it right and make it personal.
It’s easy to follow the three-paragraph rule. First is to introduce yourself and express your interest in the job. The second is to give them details about your background that relate to their specific need. The third is to provide them your contact information to call right away.
Pay Attention to All Communication
Humans often only listen long enough to form an answer. That means we miss some things when they fall through the cracks. Be sure to pay attention to everything the recruiter and the hiring manager say at every part of the process.
This is important for written directions and emails. Don’t just skim. Read them and fully understand the message to make sure you don’t miss any important details.
Know You’re Being Evaluated At Every Step
This is an essential thing to keep in mind. It’s not just your resume that’s being scrutinized or your interview that will be weighed to make a decision. Every step of the way, you’re being evaluated. That means they will Google you, too.
How you treat others, especially their front desk representative, will also be a factor. They will ask their employee how you treated them when you arrived. They’ll ask everyone who encountered you what they think. Keep that in mind.
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