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12 Hacks to Get Noticed by Potential Employers and Land Interviews
12 Hacks to Get Noticed by Potential Employers and Land Interviews
by Alice Berg 31/10/2018
Even if you never had such an unpleasant experience, you still will surely find 12 effective job search strategies helpful. Become that “someone” and learn how to get noticed by recruiters! Let new offers pour down on you!
1. Polish Your Social Media Presence
It’s not a secret that recruiters check your social media accounts. Social networking has becoming a new type of the CV – it’s your online resume that may influence an employer’s decision in both a positive and a negative way. According to CareerBuilder survey, 70% of companies use social networking sites to hire new employees. Another research says a regular update of the LinkedIn profile makes you 18 times more likely to be found by recruiters.
So, what do employers want to find on your page? They love checking out the content you repost and create, the pages and personalities you follow, how open-minded and sociable you are with your followers. Thus, you can assure your potential employer you are the professional who is interested in the recent turnovers within the industry, shares the opinion regarding the relavant news. Popular blogs related to your occupation might give you an idea of what to post and how. Avoid placing meaningless and inappropriate information; keep things fresh by doing regular updates.
2. Become a Regular Visitor of Meetups
Successful people communicate effectively. It’s the networking on various events that improve your social skills and expends the list of valuable contacts. Search for the upcoming meetups on Facebook or specialized professional sites, pay attention to billboards, check out the company’s social networks and website. It’s a great chance to be noticed by potential employers and other authoritative people. Think about the kinds of places where your potential employer routinely looks for business, so you would you are on the same page.
3. Join Workshops
Boost your knowledge and get to know the best pieces of advice for job seekers attending seminars. It’s an excellent opportunity to master new skills, to share your ideas, to extend the network relationships. For example, visit the lecture on how to get an interview. Such on-the-job training will teach you useful things about the chosen field and show new ways to get a job. Moreover, there’s even a chance the speaker you’re listening to is your future boss. Thus, be as active as possible. Take part in any activity, answer questions and put your own. Dare reach the speaker once the seminar is over – discuss various issues in detail, demonstrate your professionalism on the topic. However, avoid dragging in useless information and asking too primitive questions.
4. Go for Online Portfolio
LinkedIn and social networks have been proven as highly important, but you can go further setting up a mini-website. It doesn’t require high tech skills. Start with a landing page — make it interesting and eye-catching, put your main information there. You may place your best works on that page or create a couple of additional pages. Anyway, don’t make it too complex. Employers don’t have time to study it for hours. Don’t forget to put your website on resume, social networking pages, business cards. Use the professional keywords to make it easy-to-find.
5. Be Active in Industry Groups
It looks like “be active” has become a motto of the article. The point is that passive people rarely attract good offers from employers. Miracles do happen, but usually, you have to be proactive to get noticed. Turn on your laptop once again, find all the industry networks and forums. Be everywhere. Conferences, online, offline – lthe more visible you are, the better. Participate in discussions, leave comments, ask about a job opening. Let your potential coworkers and employers know you both in real life and virtually.
6. Sort out Recommendations
Launching a new job search, think of adding value to your application with professional recommendations. Who can put in a good word for you? Contact your ex-employers, professors at the university, coordinators of volunteering projects you previously participated, your internship managers, etc. If nothing works out, use LinkedIn to find people who may agree to help.
7. Collaborate with Friends
Reach your relatives and friends to figure out if they or their contacts might help you. It doubles your chances to find a new job. Your cousin’s university friend may well be the principal of the department where you crave to work. Let everyone know that you’re looking for job. Your mother may accidentally buy the newspaper with your dream job announcement. To inform more people, make a Facebook post. In a friendly way tell others that you would appreciate any suggestions.
8. Send Emails and Private Messages
Find the reason to send a message. Congratulate the company with the anniversary or successful project, commend them for the useful and high-quality content or products they create. That is to say, you intervene with the company getting noticed at the same time. Be sincere and honest.
9. Volunteering Can Help a Lot!
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. In fact, the more we give, the happier we feel. New experience and additional lines in “Volunteering” for your resume is just a tip of the iceberg. The real reasons to sacrifice your time are much deeper. You meet new people, get to know their lives and stories of ups and downs, improve your skills and gain new knowledge. It’s a common practice to keep working with people you met when volunteering. In addition, employers look favorably on candidates who volunteer and show their honest willing to get experience in a field.
10. Put Your Best Foot Forward
One of the most creative ways to get an employer’s attention is proposing interesting ideas and prospective of the business that the company’s team hadn’t thought before. They will gladly agree to devote you an hour if your ideas worth it. Especially, startup leaders. Provide creative suggestions, give valuable and timely feedback, and bring new strategies that the company may implement on the table. There is a chance of landing a dream job not getting job interviews- the company will invite you as an expert.
11. Be Ready to Get an Interview
Once you’re finally getting a job interview, impress the employer in person. First, be honest. Share your strength and passions, but also be candid about any shortcuts. Be positive since a cheerful and cooperative human is an asset in any role. Come to the interview prepared. Draw up the list of possible question the managers ask and come up with possible answers. Gather all the documents required.
12. Prove That You Are an Expert in Your Niche
None of job hunting tips will work out if you lack knowledge, desire, and qualification. Chase a goal to become an expert at what you do, never stop learning. Prove that you’re a valuable candidate ascribing your success to hard work. Call upon your willingness to grow to succeed.
Most importantly, don’t get down not getting a job this time. Take the sting out of it. It’s a chance to try something else, something new and exciting. Variety is a spice of life.
Alice Berg is a blogger and a career advisor at Skillroads, who received a degree in Social Work and Applied Social Studies. Now she helps people to find their own way in life, gives career advice and guidance, helps young people to prepare for their careers. You can find Alice on Twitter @AliceBerg234.
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