When it comes to looking for a new job, the search can be both incredibly exciting, and terribly overwhelming. Sometimes, even if you’ve covered all your bases—your resume is flawless, your cover letter is both sincere and professional, and you meet all the qualifications for the job—for one reason or another, you still don’t get a call back from the employer. You may not necessarily be doing something wrong, but there is likely more that you could be doing right. Here are 6 tips to help you land your next job.
1. Do your research
Before you walk into your first interview, take some time to look into the company’s mission and history. Research what you can about the company, its core values, and its identity. If there is something unique about the company’s identity that stands out to you, mentioning it during the interview may be something that can make you stand out as a potential candidate. For instance, if the business is known for catering to a bicultural demographic, you could mention your own bicultural background to enhance your chances of being hired. If the company is a family-oriented practice, you should seek to highlight family values that distinguish you from other applicants. Not only does researching the company show you are serious about working there, it also offers you a glimpse into the company’s workplace culture.
2. Let your knowledge about the company’s culture serve as an asset
Employers want to hire people who will fit in with the existing culture of the workplace. Assess what some of the key qualities of the company’s particular culture may be. Then, do a little bit of introspection to identify what qualities you possess that overlap with the characteristics of the company’s culture. Are you a team player? Would you consider yourself innovative? Do you have a positive attitude? Make a point of highlighting these particular qualities about yourself.
3. Use social media to your advantage
In today’s day and age, social networking can be just as important as face to face interactions. Sites like LinkedIn have increasingly become relevant tools for career advancement. In fact, a recent study conducted by LinkedIn indicates that over 75% of people who recently changed jobs used LinkedIn to inform their career decision. It may benefit you to dedicate some of your time to updating your LinkedIn profile so as to help build your professional identity online. Moreover, your own social media presence should reflect the type of person you’d want potential employers to see you as. A quick search on Instagram or Facebook can open Pandora’s box, and that one picture you’re tagged in from a party you went to in college can be your downfall.
4. Dress the part
Picture this: your resumé is spotless, you meet each and every qualification for the position, and you nail every interview question you’re asked, but you still don’t get a call back after the interview. Well, maybe it’s because you were wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt. Even if an employer refers to it as a “brief and casual interview” there is most definitely such a thing as too casual (yes, even on casual Friday). And sometimes, your wardrobe choices may be the difference between you, and the slightly less qualified candidate who showed up in a button down and actually got a callback.
5. Email etiquette matters
Before you even meet with an employer in person, your candidacy for a position is already being evaluated from any and all other interactions. You may even be vetted on your tone over email. Your tone should be professional, but you should also be genuine. There’s a fine line between what sounds professional, and what is overly formal. You should strive to be respectful, but also relatable. There is such a thing as too formal, and there is such a thing as too casual, but phrases like “I really appreciate your time and consideration” can really pay off.
6. Follow up
After an interview, don’t just leave it up to fate. It may feel like the decision ultimately isn’t in your control, but you can still do your part by following up and expressing gratitude. This simple action can help the hiring manager remember you in the time after the interview, and it shows you are serious about your interest in working there.
Finding the right job is not easy. In fact, it’s harder than ever. Don’t lose heart. Barbachano International provides you with the right insights and tools to advance in your career. We can help you learn the types of answers hiring managers want to hear during the job interview and what questions to ask yourself before accepting the job offer. Read more articles such as this one on our blog—from winning resume samples to why you’re not getting a callback—so you can put your best foot forward and secure your future success.
WRITTEN BY: BARBACHANO STAFF
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