Get it! Your dream job sorted in 10 easy steps
AND 10 OTHER TIPS TO GET JOB Kathryn Minshew and Alexandra Cavoulacos, co- founders of career resource site Themuse. com and co- authors of The New Rules of Work, share their secrets
PUT YOURSELF FIRST
A lot of people don’t separate ‘ This is what my parents think success looks like’ or ‘ This is what my friends think is a sexy job’ from what it is they really want. Take the time to think about your values, strengths and what matters to you. It’ll increase future job satisfaction.
DON’T BE TOO PICKY
Applying for jobs is a lot like applying for uni, where you have your stretches (the schools you really want to go to) and a couple of safeties. Most people apply only to their stretch jobs – even though not everyone can land a position there. Make sure you’re looking at a wide swathe of options – your dream jobs as well as ones that seem like a sure bet.
TIDY UP ONLINE
Go through the f irst three to f ive pages of your photos on social media and remove anything that could be deemed unprofessional. You would be surprised by how much can be seen on Facebook, either because your account is public, which we don’t recommend, or because friends of friends can see it. The chance of someone in your industry knowing someone who knows you is actually quite high, and hiring managers poke around.
UPDATE YOUR EMAIL
If your email is Suelovescats @yahoo.com or Snazzypants @aol.com, it’s time to upgrade! It sounds terrible, but we’ve heard from so many hiring managers that when they see a Yahoo or AOL email address, they’re not sure how tech savvy you are. Gmail is a safe bet.
STALK IF YOU HAVE TO
Figure out i f you have any connections with anyone in the company using LinkedIn or by doing a bit of Twitter stalking. It’s worth it if you f ind someone who could help answer questions and get your résumé to the top of the pile.
STICK TO THE 2/ 3 RULE
Some people think that if a job lists 10 qualification requirements, they have to meet all 10 (typically, women are less likely to apply than men are when they don’t meet all the reqs). Instead, ask yourself, ‘ Do I meet at least twothirds of the things on this list?’ For example, if a company posts that a candidate should have a computer science degree and you don’t but you have everything else on the list in spades, go for it. Be thoughtful, though: if a job requires seven years of experience and you’ve only got one, that’s probably not good enough. do
TAILOR YOUR RÉSUMÉ
Look at the job description and make sure you mirror it in some way. If a company is really large, the odds of your application being screened by a robot before a human are high, so keywords are really important. Put your résumé through a wordcloud tool like Wordclouds.com and see what jumps out. Compare those to the words in the job posting. You might be surprised to find that they don’t match up.
TREAT SKYPE LIKE IT’S IN- PERSON
For any Skype or FaceTime interviews, dress just like you would if you were meeting someone facetoface. It will improve how you feel, but it’s also smart in case the call takes an unexpected turn. Always wears pants… just in case you have to stand up.
ASK FOR A TIMELINE
The end of an interview is the best time to ask about next steps. Say, ‘OK, great. What’s your timing on this? I want to make sure I know what to expect, so I can be responsive to you.’ If they say, ‘ We have a bunch of people coming in next week and won’t know ’til the week after,’ then you know when you should check in.
SAY THANKS ASAP
Send a thankyou email the same day as your interview. Be sure it’s personalised – we know when it’s a form letter. You only need one or two lines to make it unique. Some people appreciate a handwritten note, but only do that in addition to an email. Unless you can get the letter delivered that same day, you risk their making a decision before receiving it.
FOLLOW UP WITH CAUTION
There’s a balance between not giving up and being obnoxious. Since you asked for a timeline up front, give them a couple of days past it, then say, ‘I know you are finishing up interviews. I just want to check in on the status.’ Then wait again. And don’t send backtoback emails.