Quick tips for land­ing the job and salary that’s right for you

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Lily Mar­tis MON­STER STAFF

You’ve got your job search in full swing when, all of a sud­den, you hit a road­block and you don’t know what to do. For­tu­nately, Mon­ster ca­reer ex­pert Vicki Salemi, who has more than 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in cor­po­rate re­cruit­ing, has shared quick bits of ad­vice for ev­ery step of the job search process — from writ­ing your ré­sumé to talk­ing salary. 1. Avoid ty­pos in your ré­sumé and cover let­ter. Want to know what not to in­clude in your ré­sumé or cover let­ter? Mis­spelled words, frag­ment sen­tences and gram­mat­i­cal er­rors, that’s what. Salemi says the eas­i­est way to turn a re­cruiter off is with a typo or spell­ing mis­take. Al­ways use

spellcheck, but also proof­read your ré­sumé and cover let­ters. Have a friend re­view them, also. 2. Fol­low up after ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion. It’s not enough to send your ré­sumé, cross your fin­gers and hope for the best. Salemi says you have to fol­low up. For ev­ery ré­sumé you send, set a re­minder to fol­low up a week later.

3. Re­search the com­pany. The more you know about a com­pany, the bet­ter you’ll look dur­ing an in­ter­view. Be­fore your meet­ing, check out the com­pany’s “About Us” page, set up a Google News alert for the com­pany name and fol­low the com­pany on so­cial me­dia. Ad­di­tion­ally, you can also look up com­pany pro­files and read em­ployee re­views through Ku­nunu on Mon­ster. 4. Work on (and nail) your el­e­va­tor pitch. Whether you’re out run­ning er­rands or hit­ting up a net­work­ing event, you never know whom you’re go­ing to run into, which is why Salemi says it’s im­por­tant to have your el­e­va­tor pitch nailed down. 5. Send a thank you note. After an in­ter­view, send­ing a thank you note can help you seal the deal. Salemi says there are three things your thank you note must in­clude: First, thank the per­son for meet­ing with you. Sec­ond, re­it­er­ate your in­ter­est in the po­si­tion and why you think you would be a great fit. Fi­nally, men­tion some­thing you talked about in the in­ter­view. 6. What do to when you feel like you’ve been ghosted. When you feel like you’ve been ghosted by a re­cruiter, Salemi says you should fol­low up. Give it about 10 days after the in­ter­view, and if you still haven’t heard any­thing, check in by email, say­ing, “I just wanted to see if there is a sta­tus up­date on the po­si­tion.” 7. De­ter­mine your de­sired salary. Since some ap­pli­cant track­ing sys­tems au­to­mat­i­cally re­ject can­di­dates whose salary re­quire­ments are higher than a set dol­lar amount and you don’t want to price your­self out of the run­ning, en­ter the low­est num­ber pos­si­ble. Salemi ac­tu­ally rec­om­mends list­ing 0 or $1, so you have a chance to get a foot in the door. 8. Take charge of salary ques­tions. If you’re asked about your cur­rent salary, Salemi says you

can dodge the ques­tion and get the up­per hand by, in­stead, turn­ing the ques­tion around and ask­ing what the range is for the po­si­tion. Then, state the salary you’re look­ing for. 9. Ne­go­ti­ate a higher salary.

If you don’t ne­go­ti­ate salary when you get a job of­fer, Salemi says you’re leav­ing money on the ta­ble. When you get an of­fer, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally say, “That’s great, I’m hon­ored!” Then ne­go­ti­ate by say­ing, “I was ac­tu­ally hop­ing for a higher salary—would that be a pos­si­bil­ity?”

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