If you’ve ever sent out a resume and never heard anything back, you know how disconcerting it can be. Sometimes it’s like throwing your resume down a deep, dark well, so it’s no wonder you never hear anything back. When you apply for a job, you are usually one of dozens of qualified candidates. That makes it hard to set yourself apart from everyone else. Here are some tips that will help you get the interview and position yourself above the competition.
How to Prepare for the Job Application Process
Research the Company
You should always start by researching the company you’re applying to. Every resume you send out should be tailored for the job and company you’re applying to. Submit a resume that highlights your strengths as they fit the job description itself. You can also pull specific keywords from the job description and work them into your resume. This is important because the hiring manager or recruiter looking to fill this position will conduct a search based on those keywords. You can increase your chances of getting an interview in this way.
In addition to working on your resume, you should also consider updating your LinkedIn profile to help you stand out. We guarantee the hiring team will look at your social media profiles, so take time to scrub them up and be sure you don’t post anything inappropriate on your personal pages, either.
Once your profile is ready on LinkedIn, start to connect with industry professionals in your career area. Start to identify the people that work at companies that you probably should be connecting with. Increase your visibility by sharing good articles or industry data. Over time you should be able to build a decent network that will begin to connect you to important people in your field.
Don’t Forget A Cover Letter
You can also stand out by writing a cover letter that presents your selling points in an appropriate light. While it may be tempting to skip a cover letter, particularly in the era of one-click application processes, please don’t. A cover letter is still an opportunity to impress a hiring manager with a well-written highlight of your strengths as they pertain to the job. It also allows you to explain any gaps in your resume or any other issues, such as if you’re changing your career path. At the end of the cover letter, reiterate your interest in interviewing and provide them with your contact information.
If you’ve gone two weeks and haven’t heard anything, it’s okay to shoot an email to the hiring manager. That’s easy to do if you’ve already connected to the person on LinkedIn. If you get the interview, it’s time for even more preparation.
Preparing for the Interview
You’ve already researched the company, and you have the job description. Start by writing down questions that you have that should be answered during the interview process. You should also look at your resume and practice your responses to some of the most common questions, such as why you are looking for a new job or your career goals. Think about your top three selling points about why you are right for this job and what skills you bring to the company.
Contact ADD STAFF Today to Learn More
Another way to prepare for the interview is to talk to ADD STAFF. Our recruiters are standing by to help you practice your interview skills. Call on us today to find out how we can help you.