Two Job Search Tips to Land the Right Job for You
Positioning Yourself as the Best Fit for the Job
Right now, hiring managers want to take the path of least risk and resistance when hiring candidates. They are seeking as close to the perfect match as possible. As a job candidate, this means that you need to score a 10 out of 10, not just a very good 8 out of 10.
There are two things you can do to help you move toward being the best match.
1. Make sure you are applying for the right position. There are a lot of candidates out there sending resumes for positions that are more “Hail Mary’s” than anything else. These candidates are saying, “Boy, I’d like to get into this field” rather than “my background and experience overlay that position perfectly.” Applying for the right position is the difference between spinning your wheels and finding that one great opportunity.
2. Make sure you tailor your resume to the specific job. Be sure to think long and hard about why your background is specifically appropriate for a job. Connect the dots and modify your resume. Your resume should be designed like a keyword search for the employer. Hiring managers should be nodding their head as they compare your resume and the job description side by side. If you are applying for the right position and have the right background, that type of customization should be easy. Even if it’s a lot of work, the payoff is huge if you get the right interview or job.
This might sound simple, but I wouldn’t offer candidates this advice if people walked into my office day after day with these concepts down cold. The majority of candidates aren’t putting in this extra work. That’s good news for you. You can stand out from the crowd by using this advice to target the right jobs and customize your resume for each role.
Right now, candidates who follow these two pieces of advice are giving themselves a serious competitive advantage. Most candidates want to make a big jump in salary or a big leap forward in title. The selectiveness of the current job market makes that unlikely. Instead, candidates should focus on finding the best match of skills and experience.