Finding a new job is challenging. When many candidates have backgrounds similar to yours, standing out among the competition is difficult. The key is to show why your unique accomplishments make you best suited for the role. Here are a few suggestions to help you find a new job.
Clarify What You Want
Think about what you’re looking for in your next job. Write down your strengths and weaknesses, interests, and needs, and which type of work you enjoy. Include what matters most to you, such as title, money, promotions, location, company culture, or the work itself. The more you can narrow down what you’re looking for, the more likely you are to find a satisfying position.
Research Target Companies
Find out all you can about the businesses you want to work for. Check out company websites, social media, and Glassdoor pages. Google the organizations to find articles and press releases. Learn about company culture, commonly asked interview questions, potential salary, and more.
Use Your Network
Determine whether any of your contacts work for a targeted company. If so, ask whether they will provide a referral for you. If not, find out if they know someone who does. Or, let your network know which type of job and you’re looking for, then ask whether they have any leads. Your contacts may be able to give you an idea of what’s available or put you in touch with someone who can help.
Tailor Your Cover Letter and Resume
Customize your cover letter and resume for each role. Use the job description to determine which of your skills and experience to focus on. Include tangible, data-based achievements relevant to the position rather than role responsibilities. Use words and phrases from the job description to show why you’re an obvious fit for the position. Point out how you have the skills and qualifications needed to succeed.
Prepare for Interviews
Get ready well in advance of job interviews. Ask a family member or friend to help you practice answering common interview questions. Include stories that demonstrate your skills, achievements, and passion for your work and the role you want. Write down questions to ask at the end of the interview. Take a few practice routes to the office so you know how long it may take to arrive based on traffic patterns. The more you rehearse, the more comfortable you’ll be.
Send Thank-You Notes
Email a short thank-you note to each interviewer. Let them know how much you appreciate their time. Remind the interviewers of three main topics you discussed, so they remember you. Restate your interest in the role and why you’re the best fit. Let the interviewers know you look forward to hearing from them soon.
Contact The Nagler Group
Contact The Nagler Group to find your next HR, legal, or administrative role. We meet with you to discuss your goals and interests, then send your resume to employers who are the right fit for you. Reach out to us today.