Finding your ideal career can be very time consuming and often times it does not fall into your lap. To land your ideal career it takes strategy, research and an understanding of what you are looking for. Knowing what you would love to do and the type of company you want to be a part of is a great start, but how do you separate yourself? The typical application process has changed over the years and career seekers need to be able to differentiate themselves from their competition. Listed below are solutions and strategies to have your name on the top of an employer’s resume pile and allow you to stand out from individuals that are just looking for a job.
How do your start?
By understanding where you excel, what you love to do on a daily basis and the type of company culture that you will be most successful within will provide a starting point for your research. There are numerous mediums to identify potential ideal companies; utilize your connections, industry news feeds, publications, conferences, industry associations/trade groups, industry reports, venture capital organizations, LinkedIn, blogs, and web searches. Once you have your target company, tailor your resume towards the job description and the organization’s core values. The next step is the submittal process and the name of the game is to stand out from everyone else that has applied. If you are able to determine a contact in Human Resources or the Hiring Manager, address a personalized e-mail and attach your resume. This way you are avoiding being a number and can indicate your interest in the organization and why you are a great fit!
The Interview Process
You have just landed an interview for your ideal career! What are you able to do to proactively set yourself up for success? Successful interviewing and strategy will be imperative in order for you to lock in an offer. Below are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through follow up. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Research the company and the position if possible, as well as the people you will be meeting with during the interview. Review your work experiences and be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information and examples targeted towards the company’s needs.
The Fun Part!
How to accept a job offer and create early success. The company is certain that you are the right person for the position and they want you to join their team! Before signing the job offer, be sure to go over all the terms of the contract to make sure that everything that has been discussed has been placed into writing and there are no surprises. We suggest having a second person to look over the offer just in case something may have slipped by. Remember, at this point you are making a first impression on your soon to be colleagues. Accept the offer with excitement to join the team and make a plan on how to create early success. Create a 30-60-90 day plan that you can review with your manager to discuss professional goals within your first 3 months, and make sure you are both on the same page. As you close in on your first 30-60-90 days, continue to work with your plan to confirm you are achieving what you have set out to do and are staying on track for your ideal career.