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6 Steps to Becoming a Top Job Candidate
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Searching for the right job can be a very intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be! When reading through job listings, filling out applications and interviewing, there are steps you can take that will help you stand out as a top job candidate. The best part? You don’t need a long list of certifications or a ton of experience to impress future employers.
From researching the company to sending a thank you note after the interview, here are six steps you can take to become a top job candidate:
1) Show your future employer how you can add value to their company. Make sure you thoroughly research the company and the position. What skills are they looking for? If your skills don’t match the description exactly, think about similar skills you do have and how those might add value. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!
2) Be a problem solver and a fast learner. According to a study by LinkedIn, these are the most important traits employers look for in job candidates. When applying and interviewing, make sure you prepare examples of how you have displayed these traits in the past.
3) Attitude is everything. Having the right attitude during a job interview can make or break your chances of getting hired. Employers are looking for candidates who show positivity, respect for the company and the position, and who seem like they will be dedicated employees. Employers are also more likely to be impressed with candidates who appear confident; you can convey this by maintaining good posture and eye contact during the interview.
4) Give yourself credit for the past experience you have. Your resume should be updated with your most recent experience and all contact information must be accurate. If you don’t have a resume or time to prepare one, make sure you are able to remember the timeline of your past positions and what your responsibilities and accomplishments were. Be prepared to relate past work with the position you are applying for to illustrate how you can succeed in the new role.
5) Dress to impress when you visit the office. Even if the position you are applying for doesn’t require a specific dress code, you should always dress professionally for an interview. Not only is this a sign of respect, but it will show the employer that you are invested in making a good impression and care about getting the job.
6) Sending a thank you note after an interview is VERY important. In fact, one-third of employers are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank you note, as they believe this shows a lack of interest in the position. The thank you note is your final chance to WOW your future employer, so make sure to use proper grammar and customize the message according to conversations you had during the interview. You can send a handwritten note or email one, just be sure to deliver it in a timely fashion.
Whether you’re in the beginning stages of the job search, researching a company, preparing your resume, or you were called in for an interview, following these six steps will help you feel more comfortable and confident during the process. Good luck!