Here is an article that follows one hiring manager’s journey of putting together a qualified team for a new plant he is opening.
It shows some detrimental practices on both sides: the fact that the hiring manager immediately disqualifies some potentially qualified candidates because they had been out of work for a long time, as well as how some job applicants disqualify themselves simply by showing up late and not respecting his time.
For you as a job-seeker, this latter point is critical: regardless of whether you apply for a job with hundreds of applicants or only a few, if you make it to the interview phase, tiny details can make an enormous difference in the impression you make – and your ultimate chance of getting hired.
So what can you do to improve your chances of getting the job?
- When applying, ensure that your resume is genuinely relevant to the job advertisement. Have a “summary” section right at the top that includes work you’ve done in the past which is most relevant to this position.
- Use the language from the job description in your resume. What words and phrases are they using to describe what they need? Use those same words and phrases to talk about your background.
- If you’re invited for an interview, be on time! This seems obvious, and yet, as you can see in the article, it’s not universal. Act like Gloria, not “Dad’s Resume.”
- Preparation matters. Research the job and the company in advance as much as possible; it can give you a big edge over the competition.