With Easter hopping around the corner, it’s a great time to discuss how many options you as a candidate have when it comes to a new job. There’s a shortage of almost 1 million people to fill jobs. So that tells you, as a candidate, you have some leverage, right? Well, yes! But if you’re really wanting to find a “golden egg” job and company, there are five things you should do. And they will help you not leave a rotten taste in hiring managers mouths!
Don’t accept a job offer you’re not going to take
The first rule when looking, applying, and interviewing for a new job is: Never accept a job and not show up for your first day. If you have other opportunities on the table that you may want more, be transparent. Tell them you have other opportunities available. This way you can say you’re not going to decide until you hear back from them.
And then, you’re being honest, not burning any bridges, and have options if the one job you really want is not offered to you. Remember, treating others how you want to be treated will get you so much further and will help you find that golden job you’ve been looking for.
Only apply to jobs you’re truly passionate about
When you’re on the hunt for a new position, it’s imperative that you really read before you click that apply button. One, because you want to ensure your resume includes keywords for the position. This will improve the chances of it getting to the hiring manager. And two, so you don’t waste your time. Everyone is busy, and if you’re just applying to positions on a whim, you’re losing valuable time coming across the job and company that is the perfect fit for you!
Research, research, research
Before you apply and when you hear back about getting an interview, you must do your research. Check out the company’s ratings, examine the job duties, know this position and company inside and out so you’re more than prepared for the interview. This will also help you know if this position is the right one for you. Not only do you start to piece together what the company is all about, but you also start to understand what they’re looking for in a new employee. Which only helps you see the full picture. In the end, you’ll realize you’re also interviewing them to see if they are a good fit for you.
When interviewing, ask good questions
Once you receive an interview, be present. This could be the next job that takes you in a totally different career direction or a job that helps you advance, but no matter what, this job will teach you so many things. Good or bad, jobs give you experience, and in an interview for a new one, you want to be engaged and express your interest. One of the best ways to do this is by having good questions to ask.
If you’ve done your research, you probably have plenty of questions, but don’t forget about everyday ones. Who do I report to? Do we have flexibility in working from home? What are the normal day-to-day processes that I need to know? What’s one of the most difficult things about this position? These questions will not only set you apart, but they will also help you learn even more about the role.
Johnson Service Group is here to help you on your hunt
If you’re struggling to find the time to find your perfect position, check out our job board. Not only do we have hundreds of jobs at your fingertips, but we have great recruiters who are here to help!
Happy hunting for your next golden egg!