Sometimes, it may seem as if the odds are against you in the job search. While it is true that you are likely up against stiff competition when interviewing for a position, know that there is a fulfilling place for you in the workforce.
All employers seek five vital qualifications when fulfilling their position.
Develop these five characteristics within yourself to dramatically increase your chances of landing that dream job:
1. Diligence. Your potential employer needs to know that you are thorough with an excellent track record. In this economy, employers need to know that they are getting their money's worth from your new salary.
• List specific achievements on your resume
• Have examples on your LinkedIn profile
• Ask for recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn
2. Professionalism. Employers seek professionalism in their employees because it gives them peace of mind that they are making good choices and representing their brand well. You should dress professionally and appropriately, carry yourself with confidence, and know your stuff in the interview.
• A professional demeanor goes a long way. A professional demeanor, firm handshake (or nice virtual smile) and killer interview outfit just may get you the job. When you display professionalism, you give interviewers the comfort of knowing that they are making the right decision.
• Pay attention to your social media activity and do not post or comment on anything that you would not want to be considered in an employment decision.
3. Dedication to success. A perfect employee is a go-getter. The ideal employee is willing to move mountains to attain success for themselves and the company's greater good (or at least project that image confidently). And, if the mountain is immovable, they will willingly climb over the mountain to get things done.
• The best way to showcase to an employer that you are dedicated to achieving success is to bring testimonials from your previous employers, clients, and colleagues.
• Bring along a portfolio of your most rewarding work. Explain how you went above and beyond your job's call and give them ideas as to how you can do the same for them. You can also create an online portfolio and put the link at the top of your resume. This is easier than it used to be with tools like Linktree.
4. Experience. In the corporate world, experience has historically been preferred. Today, many employers are willing and even excited about training a more junior employee to save a bit of overhead expense.
• A seasoned is already trained to do the job and prepared to handle potentially sticky situations. They can usually hit the ground running, saving time, and producing more immediate results. The hiring manager likely has a tough decision to make about expense versus quick results.
• Even if you have just graduated, show the interviewer how your experiences can benefit the company in which you seek a position. Read our Beginner's Guide to Getting a Job When you Have Limited Experience.
5. Education. A college education is almost a requirement in such a competitive job market. Because there is such a shortage of job openings and an abundance of applicants to go around, employers can hire overqualified applicants while still paying a lower salary.
• If your college education is lower than a bachelor's degree, learn how to overcome the gap, and confidently tell your story.
You deserve to be paid a fair salary for your work. And, in turn, your employer deserves to hire a qualified candidate. Convince interviewers that you are right for their company, and you are sure to get multiple job offers!
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