Many times we have people asking us how can i get that dream job, or what kind of job should I be looking for. Although our expertise is in building startup businesses, and we don’t have much experience in looking for jobs, but what we could offer, is tell you how an employer looks (or doesn’t look) on prospective employees.
Most people looking for a job spend enormous amount of time polishing up their resumes. But let me tell you something, you are focusing on the wrong thing.
Let’s step in for a moment in the shoes of an employer looking to fill a position. A position just became available, I’m advertising the job opening, as you can imagine I’m getting a ton of resumes and I don’t even know where to start.
For you, as one out of hundreds trying to get that job, this is what you should do:
- Resume: In reality a resume is nothing, anyone can write anything on their resume. Don’t spend too much time on your resume, we are not interested in your objectives, community service you’ve done, Etc. all we wanna see in a resume is prior experience, age and sometimes education. Make sure your resume is clean, try to fit it all on one page, max 2 pages.
- Relate: Now this is the most important part, relate to the industry, company and position you are applying for. This is done by creating a CUSTOM cover letter, email body and resume summary. Research the company, state how much you understand the industry and how much the company will benefit of having you on their team. Instead of spending time on making your resume look great, spend your time on relating and connecting, by customizing your cover letter, email body and resume summary.
- Make a sale: No matter which position you are applying for, there is always involved sales to some extent, whether it is making a sale to customers, vendors and suppliers or even within the company itself. So as soon as you sent of that resume follow-up with a phone call and say “Hi, I just sent you over my resume, when do you have 5 minutes so we can talk and show you how I’m better than everyone else for this job, and show you how ABC company will benefit from me.” If you don’t do this, chances are that your resume will never be looked at, and you will never have a real shot on getting that job. Don’t be afraid, make the call, follow with an email. Employers like to see people who are consistent and confident.
TIP: Never ever write on a resume that you are proficient in using calculators, its 2013 my friend… and yes we actually saw that on a resume.
What are your experiences in hiring?