Today, it’s easier than ever to find potential job opportunities. Applicants can apply for their dream job with the click of a button on websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn and Monster. However, that also means the competition is steeper than ever. It’s vital to stand out from the piles and piles of other resumes, so I’ve provided a few tips to make sure your application process shines.
Research the Company
As you apply for positions on job sites, thoroughly read the company’s job posting to ensure you understand what is required of you. Once you are confident that your skills and abilities meet most of the requirements, research the company itself. Understanding their history, core values and social media accounts provides insight on the company’s culture and can provide solid talking points during an interview.
Make Your Resume Relevant
A common mistake professionals make is reusing the same generic resume for every job application. Make your resume stand out and highlight work experience that is tailored to the desired skills preferred in the job description.
Scheduling the Interview/Declining an Offer
Respond in a timely and professional manner when a recruiter or hiring manager reaches out to schedule an interview. You should thank them for their consideration and suggest a few time slots to speak with them. Companies want to know you’re excited for the opportunity, and a prompt reply clearly expresses your interest in learning more about the position. On the other hand, if you are no longer interested in the job or decided to accept another offer, it is common courtesy to inform your recruiter that you have decided to pursue other options. Although your hiring manager will be disappointed in your withdrawal, it will keep the door open for potential employment in the future.
Show up on time and dress your best! Not all industries require business professional attire for an interview. However, it is important to find out what is expected so that you look the part. Ask your recruiter what dress attire is preferred. This is a common practice and also demonstrates your commitment and eagerness to make a great impression.
It is best practice to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your interview. If you expect to be late, immediately inform your recruiter or hiring manager. Come prepared with at least three to five questions for the hiring team. An interview is a two-way street—the company wants to know you’re as invested in finding the proper fit as they are. Ending an interview without asking any questions is sometimes interpreted as a lack of interest or unpreparedness.
At the end of your interview, it is always a good idea to ask for the hiring teams’ business cards. This will allow you to follow up with any further questions you may have. It also gives you the opportunity to send a thank you card or email to show your appreciation for their time.
Following these simple steps will impress most hiring managers and in turn, make them more inclined to choose you for the role. By demonstrating your professionalism and dedication, you will be sure to stand out from the crowd.
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Tiffany Boyd is a Recruiting Coordinator for AAA Ohio Auto Club.