What if I told you that you could drastically improve your chances of landing an interview and eventually getting a job? What if I told you that this wasn’t part of some huge plan, you didn’t have to subscribe to a new program, join a group, or pay a today-only-super-low-price of $19.99 to get this information.
You’d be interested, right?
All you have to do to dramatically up the odds in your favor is to focus, and I mean apply laser-like focus on your ultimate goal.
Do not waste time crafting generic resumes or cover letters.
In a down economy many job seekers feel that they need to keep all their options open in order to get a job, and while this may make sense in terms of your expectations, it leads you down the wrong path when it comes to writing up your job hunting documents. Flexibility is great for athletes, not so great for the written word.
When you sit down to write a resume and cover letter, have the job posting open there in front of you. Look over the company website. Craft your package for that job, in that company. Then, if you want to apply for a different position somewhere else repeat this process. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking one generic resume will work for all applications. It won’t. Someone who took the time to be focused specifically on this company’s needs with their writing will beat you to the interview every time.
If a contact, recruiter, or potential employer asks what you want in a position, it’s usually because they want to help. Don not tell them you are open for anything. Do your homework ahead of time and have a specific position in mind. Don’t waste those opportunities. Be easy to help – be prepared, be brief, and be focused.
Be focused with all the tools in your job hunting tool box, not just the application or resume.
If you have spent any time on this site you know that I am a big proponent of using all the tools you have at your disposal when looking for a new job or career. Everything from resumes to letters, from social media profiles to phone scripts to portfolios all have their place in your tool box. Apply the same level of focus to these as well. For starters take a personal inventory. Take a minute and write down the following:
- Write down the job titles that most interest you. Limit yourself to 3.
- What industries interest you ? List a couple.
- Create a simple summary of your background. Think 3-4 sentences.
- List One or two major accomplishments related to your desired field.
This brief list should now be used to inform everything else you do. Make sure all your documents, profiles and scripts mention these key items. This way you will be certain to maintain the focus you need to get ahead.
A liite focus will go a long way to shortening your job search.
By simply telling people specifically what you are looking for, you will have a much improved network of people helping you land that job. Being vague may feel like you are keeping all options open, but you are really just shooting yourself in the foot. So, focus and experience a shorter job search.