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3 Easy Strategies That Will Get You Hired

CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton

Winter 2018

Your resume does not get you a job. You're the one that gets the job. Although your resume helps you get in the door, amongst stiff competition, it's really nothing more than a piece of paper unless you're willing to create a distinct position for yourself.

Thankfully, the corporate tide of hiring is changing. Studies are finding that candidates with perfect resumes may not necessarily be the best fit for the job. This is especially true with the trend toward talent management. HR managers, and CEOs alike, are looking for different, unique, and more diverse types of people to achieve strategic objectives and meet future business needs. And this is being done by looking at the person, not just the piece of paper.

Consider these tips when you're re-crafting your resume and personal statement for your next career opportunity.

  1. Kathy SeatonTell Your Story. This is the 30-second elevator pitch about who you are, what you do, and why you're the perfect candidate. You should be able to communicate this any time, from a job interview to casual conversation with someone who might be able to help you land a position.

    But understand that it's important to build your pitch around what a recruiter or talent/hiring manager wants to hear (What's in it for me?).
     
  2. Use (or Build) Your Network to Influence People. We all have someone in our lives that's vested in our success. Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships.

    Your ideal endorsements should come from people that know you, like you, understand your work ethic, and have a connection with someone where you want to work.
     
  3. Take the Leap. There are jobs that you might not be qualified for. But if you realize you want it, chances are that you can uncover your discrete skillset with the abilities needed for many jobs.

Highlight your transferable and applicable skills on your resume and define how your talents meet or even exceed the expectations of the job.

Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

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