Job Search Strategies

Do you want to stand out, communicate your value, and get the attention of the hiring manager? Then you need to take some extra time and write a cover letter.

A recent survey of 200 hiring professionals by ResumeLab found that 83 percent think cover letters are essential when making their hiring decisions.

Put yourself in the hiring manager or recruiter’s shoes.

We have been using video for interviews for a few years now and I have watched many top candidates negatively impact the impression they leave because of simple items that could have been fixed with some preparation. Impressions are formed in seconds so, even if your technical challenges are ‘not your fault’, you might create an impression that even your best interview responses will not overcome.

Top 10 Must-Do preparations for a Video Interview:

 An interview over video is different than the “normal” interview practices, so have a read through our 12 tips to help you nail your next video interview.

You have impressed them with your resume and probably a telephone interview. Now is the time to shine and ensure you are seen as a good fit, but also to ensure this opportunity is right for you. The questions below enable you to ensure you address the interviewer’s priorities and, after he/she responds, gives you the opportunity to provide an example to demonstrate your fit.

It starts when we apply to college and continues through job applications and work presentations. How do we differentiate ourselves?

If everyone is bright, dynamic with similar skills and experience, what is going to separate your application, your presentation...you from the myriad of others?

Your personal brand is formed when you understand why you stand out from the crowd. It's identifying and communicating an image of what's authentic to you.

Your cover letter is your second and sometimes final opportunity to secure an interview after your resume. A well-written cover letter is your chance to distinguish yourself from other applicants, selling yourself as an intriguing candidate beyond the standard bullet-pointed accomplishments of a resume. 

Now that you know what to include in your resume the next important thing you want to learn is how you should have your resume look. Keep in mind that your resume is frequently the first a potential employer will see of you and you want what they see to be good! The first impression your resume makes can often be the difference between an interview and the trash can. 

Your resume is frequently the first a potential employer will see of you. Ultimately, a good resume means a good first impression and often the difference between an interview and the trash can. Your aim is to create a well- crafted, impressive document that displays the experience, accomplishments and skills that make you the perfect candidate for the job. 

By Leanne Abraham, President, Premierehire

The most common mistake we find with resumes and cover letters is people trying to cover their bases so well that they actually become a generic word cloud; a well-crafted summary that just blends into the crowd.

My advice - put a stick in the ground! Get clear on what you are looking for and what you, uniquely you, have to offer. 

The best way to engage a search agency, like ours, is to e-mail your resume (in Word please) and a brief summary in the body of the e-mail with:

  • What you are looking for (be as specific as possible)
  • Key assets you have to offer
  • Geographic area(s) you are willing to commute or move to
  • Pay range expectations

We all want to ensure we are maximizing our earning potential and being paid a fair wage and/or commission.

Your earning potential is very much in your control and there are a number of things you can start doing now to impact what you earn tomorrow.

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