Successful job searching requires a professional, measured approach

01.23.2014


Successful job searching requires a professional, measured approach
Successful job searching requires a professional, measured approach

When working on applications in the job searching process, whether it's the initial resume process or deep into the interview, it's important to consider what employers are expecting you to do. Arranging or adjusting your approach may be the key to landing a great position.

According to USA Today, one of the foremost angles that you should take in your approach concerns professionalism. Any and all correspondence in your industry should have as few typos and errors as possible, which means a muted and detailed approach should be taken by any means necessary. Double checking and spell checks should be used liberally when composing cover letters and resumes, while emails should be considered conversations in a professional sense. That means that while being friendly and outgoing is a good quality to have, being too casual is not.

Many job applicants, when applying for positions, find they need to apply for dozens or even hundreds of different listings and compose form letters, which are generally positive but never specifically attuned to any specific position. The news source says that's a big problem. Instead of copying and pasting the same cover letter for every applicant, taking a few minutes to write an engaging or specific variation for every opportunity you can find can have heavy benefits. They'll impress your potential employers while showing your willingness to go above and beyond simply for a chance at a position.

Consider your audience

That cover letter shouldn't be strictly focused on your abilities, however. Instead, applicants should approach the entire application process by considering what their employers will want to see. Being able to give industry-specific information regarding your work history will look much better than a personal appeal about your skills, as will informing them what you can do for them instead of what they can do for you. If you need more relevant information or experience, an employment agency can likely help your chances, giving you more information and even employment opportunities to build your skills before an interview or application process.

At the same time, a dry and methodical resume or interview experience will turn off many hiring managers, as they'll want an employee who fits in correctly with their company culture. To meet this need, try to include information that is relevant to the industry but also attention-grabbing. Anecdotes about overcoming problems or exceeding goals will be very beneficial to your chances, as they'll show both your prowess in the position and your ability to communicate well.

Know your stuff

Many hiring managers complain about meeting a candidate for a position who isn't skilled enough to adequately describe how they'll help the company or even understand how it works, according to Digiday. There's a good chance that, even when jumping across different companies, you'll find success as long as you know what it takes to succeed in that industry. Make sure you're prepared before the interview, however - this can be as simple as researching the company's website or as detailed as reading into practices as a whole.

In addition, a professional nature doesn't end with the resume. In the interview process, whether you're asked to describe a previous employer or a previous situation with challenges you needed to overcome, it's important to keep your comments civil and measured. Any criticisms, no matter their origin, will likely reflect negatively on you. Consistency and care will need to go into your answers, as potential employers will want to know more than just your skills but your competency and potential fit into the culture. Having the ability to separate negative experiences from ones that should be shared will go a long way.

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