30 Apr 7 Secrets to Landing the Perfect Job
If you’ve been searching for the perfect job—not just any job—for some time now, you might be wondering what you can do to get that ideal position.
There are a few secrets you should know if you really want to get noticed in the stack of resumes—and we’re sharing them with you today.
Take notes! These tips might just give you the competitive edge you’ve been searching for.
1. Use storytelling
Let’s face it: The average resume/cover letter combo is boring and uninspiring. It’s your job to stand out by presenting your personality, skill set, and experience via storytelling. Instead of using your cover letter as a formal introduction, do your homework and find out what story you should be telling based on their company culture, values, and personality. Then mirror that in your cover letter.
2. Get creative
Think about the industry you’re applying for and consider what you can do that’s above and beyond the recruiter’s call. For example, if you wanted to get a job blogging for a tech startup, you might create a “hire me” blog that showcases your skills to send over with your resume. One applicant for a job at Lego built her entire resume out of Legos.
3. Get an inside referral
Know someone who works for the company at which you’re applying for a job? Ask them to serve as a reference for you! When someone from inside can give you an extra push, that referral ends up making a big difference.
4. Offer a contractual period
You can minimize the employer’s risk of hiring a new person if you’re willing to do a short stint of contractual work. This way, you can both see if the partnership is going to be a good fit over the course of three to six months.
5. Showcase your ideas
Show that you’re a go-getter by coming prepared to the interview with a presentation on how you can help improve the company in your area of expertise. This might be in the form of a proposal for a marketing plan, or a presentation demonstrating how you can improve the shipping process. Make your knowledge shine.
6. Go beyond the job posting
Do a little digging and see if you can find the contact information to the person in charge of interviewing for this position. Reach out directly and introduce yourself to that person, and express your sincere interest in the job.
7. Include your portfolio
Sending a link to your online portfolio that showcases your best work is especially important for people in the design field. Using a site like Portfoliobox, you can send your potential new boss straight to your professional-looking portfolio.
Landing the perfect job can be easy when you take the right steps to get there. Just remember: Don’t be pushy, overzealous, or obnoxious by following up repeatedly once you’ve reached out (or even gotten an interview.) Let things happen organically and don’t rush it.