10 Tips to Get the Job You Want
Whether you're a recent grad or your current job just isn’t working out, getting a new job can be a difficult and intimidating task. Representing yourself on a few sheets of paper isn't easy, but believe it or not, there are ways you can set yourself apart.
Follow these 10 tips to better your chances of getting an interview and landing the job you want!
1. Tailor your cover letter
This is your one chance to set yourself apart. You won’t be placed into the interview pile if you reword a generic cover letter that you found online. The employer wants to know how you can accomplish the skills that you have outlined in your resume to the job that you are applying for. Tie everything back to the job description to show that you are competent in the required duties.
2. Do your research
You KNOW they are going to ask you what you know about the organization, so you may as well be prepared. You don’t need to recite the mission statement or memorize the strategic plan, but make sure you have a good understanding of the organizations purpose and the role you may play in it.
Tip: Make sure you know when the company was founded, and know who the CEO is!
3. Come prepared
Print off your resume and any other appropriate information to have available for the interviewer. Pack everything into a polished bag as opposed to throwing it into a book bag, or having it in your hands.
Tip: Bring a notebook to take notes during the interview and to write down questions to ask at the end!
4. Arrive early
You will already be nervous. Don’t stress yourself out with being late because you couldn’t find a parking spot or were stopped at every red light in the city. If you are late for the interview, the employer will assume you will be late for work too.
Tip: Always arrive 10-15 minutes early for an interview.
5. Know your strengths AND weaknesses
You aren’t perfect, and the employer isn’t expecting you to be. Be honest about potential weaknesses and find ways to improve on things you haven’t quite perfected.
Tip: During the interview, make sure to tell your future employer ways you have been trying to improve your weaknesses.
6. Make it conversational
Loosen up and try to break the ice by asking how their day is going or by talking about the weather. This will help the interview transition smoothly and limit any awkward tension.
7. Don’t try to fill the silence
When the interviewer isn’t speaking or making eye contact, they are most likely taking notes. Be confident and try not to ramble to fill the awkward silence. If they want more information, they will tell you or repose the question.
8. Ask questions
This is one of the most important steps in an interview process. Not only should you ask questions if you do not understand something, but you should always ask at least two or three question at the end of the interview. This is your chance to get an idea of day-to-day duties and workplace culture.
Tip: Come up with a list of questions before the interview so you aren't struggling to think of some when it's happening.
Example questions: How big is the (marketing) team? What kind of additional skills or qualities do you look for in your team members? Do you provide any courses or further education for employees?
9. Follow up
Always follow up with the interviewer to thank them for taking the time to interview you. This reinforces your interest in the position and the company.
10. Ask for feedback
Whether you get the job or not, ask the employer for interview feedback to see where you can improve. This will help you in future interviews and job opportunities.
Tip: After your interview(s), politely ask them if they are open to give you feedback via email or telephone.
First impressions are everything. Follow these tips with confidence and a smile on your face and you will defintely increase your chances of landing the job you want.
- Karly Piercy.