Even with all those jobs out there, to get the best one, you want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. We asked recruiter Jason Reagan for his advice on how to get the job you want.
It all starts with a resume. It may need to be reworked for the specific job and specific company you are applying for.
“You like to custom-tailor it towards the position,” explains Reagan, a partner in Grit Resources, which focuses on general- and skilled-labor jobs and Titan Resources, which deals with more professional jobs. “You’re going to list your accomplishments. You’re going to list your role; that usually doesn’t change. But you might want to gear it towards that specific position, about why you would be successful in that role.”
That's because some companies use software that looks for key words when filtering out resumes.
“Keyword searches are critical in a lot of companies to get them past that first step,” says Reagan.
Once you get the interview the number one thing: be prepared.
“We suggest to people that if you aren’t familiar with the area you are going to go to interview, make that drive ahead of time so you know where it is specifically and that drive time," he said.
And research the company beforehand. Know what they do. Have questions prepared for the end of the interview that shows you've done your research.
“When you’re in that meeting, concise answers. Be specific to the questions asked. Show them that you have that interest.”
When you are done, make sure you follow up with a thank-you note or email.