Published on August 30, 2013
How To Create a Competitive Advantage in Today’s Job Market TM
Highly competitive job market Technology is a key component in the recruiting and screening efforts Applicant tracking and applicant management systems for online postings are common ▪ Key words can move you to the top of the initial search ▪ Tailor your resume according to the outline qualifications and necessary skill set
Cover letter First impression Brief summary of intent Letter must be perfect in context and grammar Great opportunity to explain gaps in employment Formatting Fancy fonts not necessary Times New Roman 12 point font presents well and translates well uploaded into software
Format Easy to follow is vital Inclusive of education, work history, accomplishments Accomplishments that distinguish you for the position that you are applying for Be mindful of catch phrases used in job posting CV More inclusive of accomplishments over time ▪ Presentations ▪ Publications ▪ Awards
Is Social Media is often checked by: Recruiters = Screening Employers = Background check ▪ Must be taken very seriously ▪ Use discretion when posting on: ▪ You Tube ▪ LinkedIn
Telephone Screening is common first step Recruiters will listen for: ▪ Preparedness/knowledge about the position/role ▪ A sense of enthusiasm ▪ A sense of engagement ▪ Personality/friendliness/appropriate humor ▪ Ability to articulate skills and knowledge Dos and Don’ts Treat that phone interview with the same importance as an in-person interview If you are not ready, prepared, calm, in a quiet place and alone; ask if you can call back in 10 minutes and allow yourself to get settled
First Impression Business/Sunday-best attire What they see MUST match the cover letter/resume Be able to speak about yourself in a manner that promotes contributions/accomplishments and TEAM Resources http://www.aorn.org/Career_Center/Be_a_Career_ Activist,_Not_a_Job_Seeker.aspx#axzz2HnB5dhLZ http://www.aorn.org/Career_Center/The_2_Questio ns_You_Should_Always_Ask_in_an_Interview.aspx #axzz2HnB5dhLZ http://www.best-job-interview.com/
Recruiter will commonly: Send/email a confirmation letter for the interview with specific instructions ▪ Date/time ▪ What to bring ▪ Where to go/where to park You will be evaluated with your ability to follow those instructions ▪ Responsibility ▪ Accountability
Purpose of method: Exploration of past experiences/activities that reflect how your will respond to a given situation in the future Past predicting future approach Goal: Understand how you may perform in the position under given circumstances Understand your temperament and critical thinking skills Preparation: Be thoughtful, do not jump to an answer Be honest Practice on Online resources
Never leave without a contact business card for follow-up purposes Emailed thank you note Brief thank you and statement that you believe that you would be a good match & why If you have not heard anything within 7 days absolutely call recruiter back If you are not selected Ask what could I have done differently and be professional and open to answer
Must understand that the process has a beginning, middle and an end Must be gracious, professional Do not burn bridges Positive attitude If you are not selected realize that it does not imply that you were a bad candidate, but that there was just a better candidate one on that given day If you leave with a great impression, you may be invited back for a different opportunity Networking is Vital Have a resume and card with you during any networking opportunities
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