You are probably asking yourself, “what else can I do?”. This is one of the most asked questions from candidates. I am here to help you focus more on the right things during your job search.
The first suggestion is simple, build a relationship with your recruiter. Make sure you are investing time into getting to know your recruiter, after all, they are trying to help you with your career goals. Just like any relationship, you need to create a foundation of trust. A good recruiter will not risk presenting your information to a client unless they are sure that you are a great fit for the job. This should put you at ease knowing that your recruiter is your advocate and they will keep you top of mind when a position comes along that matches your background.
Networking is a powerful tool as well when looking for a job. Internal referrals are one of the top sources of hires. This simply means that building relationships can have important payoffs (LinkedIn, industry associations, etc). It is important for candidates to learn how to network as much as possible in order to hone in on those skills and feel confident.
Be mindful of what you are claiming to have skills in. You should demonstrate your potential that you have stated on your resume during an interview. When TopCV and job board CV-Library asked nearly 200 UK employers “Which of the following is most important in a candidate?”, 62% cited potential as the number-one factor, beating out experience (35%) and education (2%). It is important to show employers your potential that they value by paying attention to opportunities that showcase your problem-solving skills and your dedication to developing new skills throughout the job hunt process.
A huge selling point for a company is when you know information outside of their website and media presence. For example, having knowledge of what current and previous employees have said about the company is a great way to be prepared with real-world examples to discuss with the hiring manager at the interview. Researching the company beforehand will not only show your commitment but also provide you with the opportunity to get answers to any questions or concerns that you might have.
Diane Blake serves as a Director at RETS Associates, a national real estate executive search firm. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org