Help me! I need a job!

I often get asked to “help” get someone a job.  The “help” ranges from resume rework for a friend to hooking family (or something just as close) with a job.  Either way, my approach is pretty much the same.  Here’re some learnings I’ve had in reviewing resumes, writing my own, as well as going to and conducting interviews.

Know yourself

Know who you are and what you want.  Prepare in advance for the typical questions you might receive in your target industry (google is your best friend!).

Don’t embellish what you’ve done — you’ll either get caught in the interview or get fired when discovered if you get the job.  Be honest and let your work stand for itself.  Take pride in what you’ve done, be open and honest about it and give your potential employer the opportunity to see who they could be hiring, not someone you think they want.

Want the job

Sometimes you get caught up in your job search and with tools like Dice and Monster, it’s really easy to bulk submit your resume for a slew of “interesting” jobs and hope for the best.  But really, what you’re doing is shooting craps.  You need to invest time into your job applications.  I’d rather apply to 10 companies in 1 month and get 2 interviews than apply to 1000 and get 5.

Investing time means many things to many applicants.  Specifically, know the company you’re looking at.  You have a lot of material at your disposal with the company website, social media pages for their products, company blogs, industry articles, etc.   Plus, you may even find friends or acquaintances that are working for that company that you can tap for additional information.  If you still like what you see, pour all that great information into a well written cover letter that explains why you’re a great fit for the company and the job opportunity they have.  Then take the job requisition and custom tailor your resume to address each and every single one of the bullet points listed in the “job requirements” section.

Have a sense of humor

Face it.  You’re not going to get an interview, let alone job offer, for every application you submit.

If you do, what are you doing reading this?  Contact me ’cause I could use some help myself! 🙂

Take rejection with a grain of salt.  If you are up for constructive criticism, reach out to the interviewers or human resource representatives and ask what happened to your application, where you did well and where you stumbled.  Asking for feedback humbly only makes you look stronger to the company and also may win you some favor in future applications (the world truly is a small place).

Here’s one of my colleagues takes with regard to job applicants.

If you need help with your resume, feel free to contact me.


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