Score your dream job with this simple strategy
Let’s face it, competition for jobs is fierce. Today, you have to go the extra mile to attract attention and get an interview. Here are 5 discreet, practical strategies that will put you head and shoulders above the competition. No one has the time to do this for ALL job leads, but when you feel it’s the perfect opportunity, go for the SCORE.
S - Search on LinkedIn to find employees or company executives you can contact. Connect with an employee, learn about the company, and ask them to forward your resume.
C - Complete an online application. Many companies offer an “Easy Apply” feature on their website, which means you can apply using your LinkedIn Profile or simply uploading your resume. In the worst case, you will have to cut and paste your resume, section by section, into their application. That’s a small price to pay for the perfect opportunity.
O - Optimize your research of the target company. Use LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Google to prepare your STAR stories for an interview. Design your career stories to match the values and mission of the company. This research will also help you determine whether the company is a good fit for you.
R - Reach out to the recruiter and appropriate executive; let them know you are qualified and eager. Whether it's an external or internal recruiter, they may have insights and opportunities that are not publicly posted. Connecting with the appropriate executive also demonstrates your proactive approach to work. Prove that you are creative and take initiative, even before the interview.
E - Expect and prepare for a recruiter conversation with a positive mindset and a clear intention to woo them with your skills and experience. Mention what you’ve learned about the company, so the recruiter knows you cared enough to work at it. Armed with a positive attitude and information about the company, you can tackle any question they throw your way and charm them into moving you to the next level interview.