If you’ve been in the working world for a while, you probably think you’re an expert in the art of the job search. But we’ve noticed that while some candidates are great at answering “what’s your greatest weakness?” they sometimes forget some of the foundations of looking for a new position.
The ultimate fundamental of job searching (and life really) is to be exceptionally polite and respectful throughout every step of the process! Many hiring managers take note of your interactions (including pre-interview moments like meeting the receptionist) and factor that into their hiring decision. A well-written thank you note could be the differentiating factor between you and your competition.
Companies want to hire people, not robots
And while it’s important to be polite, don’t forget to also be human! Culture fit is becoming a non-negotiable screening tool at many companies. Yes, they want to hire someone with the skills but they also want to hire someone who they want to spend time with. In written communications, keep your tone professional but also personal. During interviews, don’t be afraid to weave in relevant personal connections.
Everyone knows you should update your resume and take another look at your cover letter template. But there are a few details almost everyone overlooks like your voicemail. Does it state your name? Do you have enough room for someone to leave you a message? And don’t forget to check your social media settings. Are all of your privacy settings where you’d like them?
Tell them you want the job!
I’m not sure why people are so afraid to tell the people they’re interviewing how much they actually want the job! No, you don’t need to get on your hands and knees and beg, a simple statement will do. Each time you converse, reiterate your interest in the position. “I’m extremely excited about this opportunity, it seems like it would be a great fit for my skills and career goals.”