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How to be a top candidate

Posted by Charlie Meek on Feb 13, 2019

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While most people believe they understand how to get a new job, a lot can be learned from the process. A clear focus and ensuring to treat every step is taken into account all add up to ensuring you get noticed. This is the kind of mindset needed for a successful job search.

Winning over a hiring manager is key to ensuring to nail that new job. Here are some areas that need your attention.

Do your homework

Whether you’re thinking about applying for a job or you’re about to enter the interview chair, you have to be “in the know.” No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t care about who they will work for and you don’t want to come across as a clueless job candidate. It’s important that you’re familiar with the company and up to speed on the trends and best practices that will help you succeed in the job.

Be prepared…But not scripted

This is especially important during the interview. It’s never a good idea to shoot off the cuff without fully knowing the point you’re trying to make. You’re likely to get a better response if you have a well-thought-out plan. But, it’s also smart not to sound scripted. Robotic stature throughout the interview will stop you from connecting with your interviewer. Practicing your interview points will help calm your nerves, and try to answer in a conversational style.

Highlight your strengths

Candidates must always explain why they’re the best person for the job. The same goes for you. Whether it’s on your resume or during an interview, you should always lead with your strengths. But pointing out your skills and accomplishments isn’t enough. You’re competing for a job after all. If you can find an angle that highlights how your uniqueness makes you the best candidate for the role, you’re likely to win the job.

Use matching to save time

It’s common knowledge that making as many applications as possible will increase your chances. But is this really going to pay off? Make sure that every application you make is the best and most tailored it can be. Yes, it’s exhausting. And yes, it’s not for the faint of heart. But we are here to help. Upload your resume to Job.com and we will search for matched jobs for you based on your unique skill set and update you on any new opportunities. This will allow you to spend time honing your interview skills and once you land your new job, we will reward all your hard work with a 5% Salary Signing Bonus when you pass 90 days.

Be resilient

Remember to always be looking. Any good job worth having is worth waiting for. Realize that you may put a ton of time and effort into applying for a job only to never hear a back. Not with Job.com as we will update you for every job you have applied for so you know where you stand. By staying steadfast and positive, you will catch your break. It just takes time.

Be social

Social Media has never been as prominent as it was this year. There are many advantages to using social media in your job search.

Employers are beginning promoting their jobs on Facebook and other social channels. Ensure you market yourself as employable by updating your profile with your past and present work experience. Just be aware of the shortfalls of the platforms and keep your posts clean.

Build a strong network and personal brand

Networking is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to finding a new job and for good reason. A strong network or support group can open the door for new opportunities, provide references and give guidance and advice. By nurturing your network, you will find yourself with a group of individuals who help you succeed.

Be honest

If you’re even considering lying on your resume to get a job just don’t do it. The stakes are high enough when you’re vying for a new position. Don’t risk burning bridges by forging your qualifications.

Be yourself

Stay positive. Put in the work and surround yourself with smart supportive people and above all, be uniquely you and you can accomplish anything.

Posted by Charlie Meek on Feb 13, 2019

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