Having had countless of opportunities to select ideal employees for successful companies, I now love to share my “inside” information with job seekers. Unfortunately, I have heard this so many times from managers:
The candidate seemed so ideal for the job
…Impressive resume and background
…Dressed and spoke the part perfectly
…Warm smile & firm handshake
…Accepted the offer
…Joined your organization
… And it didn’t work out
What, you may ask, went wrong? Though I am an advocate for “hiring for attitude over skill”, in most cases, I am in the minority. Hiring managers still are tempted to select for skill and
experience, only to learn later that the selection was not a good fit.
If you just graduated, desire a career transition, were recently laid off, or are looking for a promotion, here is the best strategy to ensure that you are not a statistic of failure for a company:
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
Choose the company – not the job.
- Most job seekers search out positions without much thought to the organization.
- Do your homework – identify organizations which share your value system, have a good culture match for you, offer you opportunities for growth and advancement
- Connect to the company
- Build a network with the recruiters and hiring managers or others who have influence over hiring decisions
- Maximize the power of Linked In and company Facebook Pages – what is the latest news? Are they growing? New product line or service?
- The more you know about the company and about people who work there, the better chances you have of getting hired.
Even with all the online resources available, very few people actually research out information about the company, its products, goals, vision and culture. Even fewer network with potential decision makers.
Your chances of getting hired from a job posting are so slim compared to networking. Some experts estimate you only have a less than a 3% chance of getting hired from a job posting but almost 80% of jobs are filled from networking. Convinced now? And, through, networking, thousands of people have convinced organizations that their potential value was worthy of a newly created position. Now that is super-charged networking.
Lastly, don’t jump at the first job posting you see. Your perceived desperation will show through and you, most likely, will be miserable.
- Know your signature strengths, talents and skills
- Identify an organization which will provide you an opportunity to use those strengths, talents and skills frequently and provide professional development and career growth for you
- When combined, these two critical steps add up to a perfect and ideal job that you can do better than anyone else
Now that is Perfect Fit!
(For other tips or to revamp your resume and prepare for your interview by role playing, contact me at Patricia @ CareerWisdomCoach.com)
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