7 Tips For Landing Your Next Job

June 23, 2011

There’s a lot of competition for jobs these days and it’s likely your resume is getting lost in a flood of resumes. If you’re certain you could demonstrate your value to potential employers if you could only get in front of them…if you want to dramatically increase your chances of getting hired…then follow these seven tips from Dale Carnegie Training and you’ll enhance your chances of getting that coveted call-back…

1. Focus on your accomplishments — Your resume should include several examples of how you added value in previous positions. Be specific: Include what you did, the outcome and why it was important to the organization.

2. Respond to appropriate ads — Respond to ads that are obvious matches for your skills. If you have the right experience but your resume doesn’t show it, then write a new resume. State your qualifications and background in terms that apply to the new job or industry. Remember, it’s okay to have more than one version of your resume.

3. Craft a compelling cover letter that specifically addresses the position —  Use the job posting to identify requirements then match them to your qualifications. Include examples of your accomplishments that demonstrate your proficiency with the required skills.

4. Make the subject line compelling when sending your resume by e-mail — Don’t simply write “resume” in the subject line of your email. You’ll likely be lumped in with hundreds of others saying the same thing. Instead, use your subject line to immediately engage the reader and make him or her want to open your resume first. And if the resume lives up to the subject line, he or she may never move on to the next one.

5. Whenever possible direct your resume and follow-up calls to the person responsible for hiring — You may have to do a little investigating to get the person’s name, but it’s well worth your time. You’ll show the person that you’re conscientious and perhaps get a chance to “strut your stuff.”

6. Be diligent about following up — It’s amazing how many applicants send out their resume and expect the employer to call them. Show yourself to be proactive by picking up the telephone and making that important connection. First, confirm that your resume has been received then politely inquire about the position and the next steps in the process. And remember to treat whoever you speak with respectfully…you could be talking with the decision-maker.

7. Be prepared to sell yourself over the telephone — Most companies pre-screen applicants by telephone. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this isn’t part of the interview process. You need to come off polished and professionally here or you won’t make it to the next level. Be prepared and smile when you answer the telephone—it will make a difference in how you sound to the other party.

Remember, if you and the next person are equally qualified, the company is going to take the one that demonstrates proficiency for paying attention to the details. Follow the seven tips above and you’ll find yourself at the head of the line!

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