Here are some things that you may or may not realize.
1. No one may be reading your resume. Most companies and even recruiters use databases that rely on keywords. When looking for candidates, a keyword search is the first step. If your keywords don’t match, no one will see your resume.
2. Networking is better than answering an ad. If you know someone who works at a company and can recommend you, you will probably go ahead of those answering the ad.
3. Research, research, research. Not just about the company but how the interviewer/hiring manager pronounces their name. You should do some research on the company. Make sure you know what the company does so you can formulate questions to ask. Asking something stupid will not get you to the head of the list.
4. First impressions count. How you sound on the initial phone screen and how you look at your interview leave lasting impressions. Make sure your look and sound is professional.
5. Be on time. Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment, not before. Do a practice run if you are not sure how long it will take to get there. Don’t cancel an appointment at the last minute. You may not get a second chance.
6. Be patient. Ask when you might hear about the next steps. Then, if you don’t hear, check in once. If you don’t hear anything after a week, check in again. Still no answer, move on. Pests don’t move on.
7. Be engaging. Candidates who fit in, get hired. I don’t know any hiring managers that hire someone they don’t like.
8. Be polite and considerate. Everyone counts; treat them all politely and professionally. This also means turning off your cell phone.
9. Gaps on your resume can hurt. Dates are essential. If you have a gap, explain why. Out of work? List your freelance work.
10. Say thank you. Whether snail mail or email, make sure you send a thank you note. If you had multiple interviews, make sure to personalize each one. One thank you note does not fit all.
It’s the little things that can leave lasting impressions. You don’t want to be remembered because you were late, rude or looked like a rumpled mess!
This post is courtesy of The Hiring Hub