When it comes to looking for job, you need to be different and know how to make your application stands out, (Positively). TO help make your application for that Job you’re going for stand out, Here are ten tips you need.
10 Tips To Follow If You Want To Get A Meaningful Job
1. The very first tips is to making your application stand out, is this. Note that when applying for a job, applying directly to job postings should represent no more than 20% of what you do. You should know that getting referred to a job is 5-10X much more effective than applying directly for that job.
If you’re going to apply directly without any referral, then ensure you only apply to jobs when you’re a perfect fit for the skills and experience listed on the job description, other than that, your application may not see the Manager’s office.
2. Another option is to make sure that you Leverage your understanding of the recruiter’s role. The truth is that severa recruiters are gatekeepers who don’t know the job and usually, box-check your skills and experiences. Others are extremely talented, who want to work with the best people to craft great career moves. You must avoid the former and seek out the latter, this gives you a higher percentage of landing the job.
3. Have you heard about the 20/20/60 job-hunting plan? If you don’t know about this, then follow this information. You should try implementing the 20/20/60 job-hunting plan. A job hunting plan requires a performance-based resume, an understanding of how recruiters find candidates, and applying through the backdoor, it’s about going the extra mile. Take note that networking is the key to the backdoor. It must represent 60% of what you need to do.
4. The 4th tips to landing that Job is this: Focus on the job, not the money. The truth is that it is very better to be underpaid than overpaid. Getting promoted or obtaining a big compensation increase will only occur after you’ve demonstrated great performance in a place where they think you can’t perform any better. Honestly, you need to put yourself into these situations. Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
5. The fifth Tips to getting that meaningful Job you need, is to present your strengths and weaknesses through short stories. Please take note that absolutely no one believes general statements. You must validate each of your strengths with a specific example of how it was used in a real job situation. In addition, you also need to demonstrate how you’ve turned out your weaknesses into strengths. Never say you don’t have any weaknesses! It means you’ve stopped growing. There is no one who have accomplished everything, we all have weak points, your ability to know it and try overcoming it, means you’re on moving and growing.
6. Divide and conquer by asking the universal question.
This is another vital place to score a very High point if you’re been interviewed. Very early in the interview, or phone screen, you must ask the interviewer to describe the focus of the job you’re applying for, the company’s goal, some of the big challenges, and how the new person’s performance will be measured. Pick at least two questions from this list. Then prove each is a core strength using the SAFW response below.
7. Practice the universal answer to any question.
Take note that you need to be able to prove every strength with a specific example. Form your answer using the SAFW two-minute response: Say A Few Words – Statement – Amplify – few Examples – Wrap-up.
8. Weave the 10 Best Predictors of Job Success into Your SAFW Response
I recently wrote an article for interviewers on how to evaluate your answers when being interviewed. When applying SAFW, please ensure you have an example proving you possess at least three or four of these strengths. During the interview, you should ask if these traits are important for on-the-job success. Of course they will be. Then give your example. Note: this is a slam dunk! and gives you a better chance of landing that job.
9. Use the Phone Screen to Minimize the impact of a Weak First Impression
Even if you make a good first impression, nobody will be able to score you on making a first good impression but yourself. It is important to ask the universal question (see above) early in the phone screen. Please take note that answering it correctly will increase the likelihood you’ll be invited to an onsite interview. This will help focus the actual interview on your past performance, instead of box-checking your skills and experience, or judging you on first impressions.
10. Share Your Problem Before the Interview Ends
Another wonderful way to leave your impression, to make a first good impression. Before the interview ends, make sure you uncover any concerns. To determine where you stand, ask the interviewer about next steps. If they’re not specific, you probably won’t be called back. In this case, ask the interviewer what’s the biggest concern he/she has about your background. Then proceed and ask how the skill, trait or factor mentioned is used on the job.
To overcome the concern, then you surely need to use the SAFW two-minute response to prove you can handle the requirement.
Finally, I would love to say it here that getting a job for some people is no fun. But for everyone, it’s hard work. However, working hard on the wrong things is a waste of time. So rather than complaining, you should take some advice from Jim Rohn who said and I quote below:
“Things will get better for you, when you get better.” Learning the ten techniques above is a great way to start making yourself better for better things to discover you.