The Top 10 Ways to Get the Job
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
In his book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters, Jay Conrad Levinson suggests that getting the job you want is not a matter of luck, connections or the best résumé. “At the core of every job search lies one individual who will determine your success: You.” Here are some tips for creating your own job-hunting success.
1. Tune up your attitude. Keep your focus on how you can add value to the organization. Self-assess to get clear on what you want and what you have to offer.
2. Research. This is critical! Research the industry and companies. Know the needs and goals of the organization and how they are in alignment with your career goals and interests. How will you be able to make an impact?
3. Target your networking. Don’t wait for others to refer your name; make the introduction yourself after speaking to current and past employees or industry colleagues. Being clear on both who you are and the type of work you are seeking is key. Help your network by having a list of 5-10 ideal job titles, companies and/or both that you can discuss with them.
4. Prepare for your interview. Anticipate questions and prepare your responses. Keep the focus on how your skills and experience will solve problems. If this is a career change, connect the similarities from your past experience to the current position. How are they similar? Focus on the aspects of your past experience that you enjoyed the most and the experience that is most relevant to the new job you are seeking.
5. Listen more than talk. Ask thoughtful, powerful questions that show you know the industry/company/department and its needs.
6. Return to the value proposition. Keep conversations coming back to the company’s goals and how you can contribute to them.
7. Look to your body language. Have an “open” posture. Lean forward, make eye contact and smile naturally. This language speaks volumes.
8. Ask to do a demonstration. Come in for a day, or work briefly as an independent contractor or consultant. Sometimes it’s better to show than just tell.
9. Cultivate a can-do attitude. Show past work examples of being a problem-solver and a smart worker.
10. Send a thank-you note. Make sure it’s personal and interesting. Send your thank you email the same day as the interview if possible or within 24 hours.
Author's content used under license, 2008 Claire Communication