Having spent some time running my father’s placement agency has really given me a broad perspective on job hunting.
As I am currently looking for a job myself, I thought I would share some discoveries and tips!
1. Remember that every interaction we have is a presentation and could be vital to your job search — A friend of mine recently got a great job through someone she met in line at the bank! Most jobs are not found through postings but through connections and networking. So make sure you always speak well and communicate good body language regardless of what you are doing or where you are.
2. Have great email etiquette — too many people use email informally even when they are emailing people they don’t know. When signing off on an email consider using “Best regards,” instead of “Cheers,” or “Thanks,”. If you have spoken to them on the phone or have met them move to “Kind regards,” or even “Warm regards,” if you feel a friendly connection.
This sets a tone of professionalism, and for young people today who tend use email informally this small change can really allow you to stand out from the crowd.
And remember, even an email is a type of presentation!
3. Follow up — nothing says “I really want to work here” than being proactive in the hiring process. Email people before a phone interview, leave thank you voice mails, and generally be a top of mind candidate. Potential employees tend to blend into the crowd of applicants and all hiring managers have to go on is their notes. By being the person who talks to a hiring manager 4 or 5 times throughout the hiring process they will probably remember you.
Having read thousands of resumes and conducted hundreds of interviews, you would hope I would be able to get a great job. That combined with some great presentation skills should make me a formidable candidate!
Always remember that presenting is an art form! So make your next presentation into a masterpiece!
Have a good tip? Or a great story about how you got a job? Please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!