According to a report by the job site, Glassdoor, the interview process takes an average of 23 days. That means that job seekers are left to wait and for almost a month before hearing anything back, IF they hear anything back. Some say there is a “skills gap” between what employers want and what candidates can offer. Others think that the economy has made employers skeptical to hire because of the potential money loss a bad hire could bring. Job Seekers may have some influence over how fast the process goes, however.
Here are some tips that may help you get hired faster.
1. Do Your Research
Research the company before applying for the position. Also, take a good look at what the position entails. Does your skill set meet the requirements, or have the potential to? If it’s completely out of your “zone”, you may want to avoid applying all together.
2. Establish and perfect your personal brand.
Know who you are as a candidate and as a future employee to a business. Like a ‘reputation’, personal brands allow people to see you in a certain way, whether it is as a future employee or business partner. Your personal brand shows who you are and what you believe in. This will also help people easily recognize and remember you.
3. Interesting Resume
With hundreds of resumes being sent in for one position, the hiring manager has little time to spend reviewing every single one. He or she may only pick out a few in the stack to start off with. Make sure yours is take into consideration by providing some value and style to your resume design. Make it stand out from the standard bullet point “education, work experience, skills” format. Check out these examples for ideas! Need more help? Call are recruiters today to schedule a one-on-one.
4. Have a Network Plan & Perfect Your Pitch
Work your network of friends, family members, school staff, and co-workers. Let them know you are looking for a new job and see if they can point you in the direction of a potential opening. Give a quick pitch on your experience and skills so that they will be better able to send you to a position that is right for you.
5. Optimize Your Social Media Accounts
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: employers look at social media accounts of job seekers. If your accounts are not optimized with your latest happenings, you may be overlooked for jobs they are looking to fill. This is an easy and fast way for companies to find YOU. Don’t miss the opportunity.