The current job market is competitive as ever, and you may be wondering how you can differentiate yourself from the person sitting next to you in the interview waiting room. We spoke to our Agency Iceberg recruiter Jelena Lazic to discover her key tips on landing the right job for you.
Be genuine in what you want
Your potential employer will be able to gauge how committed to and interested you are in the role; whether you’re all in or simply looking for any old job. It’s always better to take your time when applying for a position and focus on roles you’re passionate about, rather than jumping into a job just for the sake of it. Take the time to find out where the company is going, and where the specific role you’re applying for is headed to make sure it’s in line with your career objectives.
Do your research on the company. This will show that you’re invested, and help you stand out in a positive way. Find out what the business is working on, what they’ve got in the pipeline, look at their LinkedIn, website and socials. Always have some relevant and thoughtful questions ready to go before an interview, as this will show your interest and initiative.
Tailor your CV
Make sure your CV doesn’t have information for other roles you may be going for – attention to detail is key! Put all relevant skills for the role you’re going for at the top of your CV so it’s the first thing the employer sees. No one likes a generic resume, as it shows minimal effort and thought.
Show your personality!
We spend the majority of our week at work, so be yourself! Being professional and discussing your skill set is key, however, if you’re not going to get along with the company culture and employees, the employer is likely to go with someone else. Leaders and hiring managers want to see your sense of humour, interests and passions outside of work.
Look the part
There is no point wearing a suit to a quirky and relaxed organisation, or wearing a casual outfit to a corporate interview – this can seal your rejection letter. Do your due diligence, know your target audience and ensure you dress the part! Always make sure you look neat, tidy and have fresh breath. Looks aren’t everything, but taking the time to look professional shows you care about the role and have put in the effort to impress.
Always follow up with an email note thanking the employer for their time. This shows your interest, courtesy and commitment to securing the role, as you’ve taken the time out of your day to follow up.
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