Getting hired online sounds a lot harder than it is. If you wade into it with no direction it’s very likely you’ll get swallowed in a sea of competition. But, put this process in place and you will watch the “job searchers” who are sitting at home shotgunning resumes fade away!
You actually have an advantage.
When someone is trying to get a promotion, it’s a little bit tricky. Every mistake you’ve made at work can stick out in the recruiters mind. You, on the other hand haven’t made these mistakes in front of them. You actually have an advantage.
Job searchers often start their search by looking on jobs boards, classified ads and sites like Craigslist. The jobs posted there are jobs nobody wants to fill. You need to start looking for jobs you want, not the pile of jobs no one is interested in. Start with a map and identify 10-20 great companies close to you, or if you work remotely, 10-20 companies where you want to be.
And don’t worry if you aren’t a computer person, don’t Facebook or do “the Twitter” or are over 50, we can help!
Good companies are always looking for great people. The best jobs never make it to Craigslist because the friends and family of the people who work there grab them before they get announced. You are about to be one of those people.
So plot out the places you want to work and stop looking for help wanted signs!
Research them online
But what you want to research is specific. It won’t help to just look for “how to get a job at x company.” To really stand out you need to dig deep and do some research. Find out their mission statement, some of their history and who are the hiring managers are. This one is huge because once you know who the hiring manager is it won’t be hard to take the next step.
Connect with someone at each company in person or social media
Now that you have a name of someone valuable at the company, try to connect with them online. Using you favorite social media platform, look them up and just send out a friend request. Remember, you aren’t asking for a job, you are just connecting.
If you find something on their profile that you have in common, make sure that stands out on your profile. For instance, if you both went to the same school, but at different times, make sure that school shows up in your profile when you try to connect. Lots of people will connect with you if you have the same interests as them. So if you share a hobby, make that stand out. Any common ground you can find needs to show up because people don’t often want to connect with strangers, but having something in common jumps you right out of the stranger category.
This person will help you out in just a few more paragraphs.
Build a killer resume
If you have never written a resume before take a look at this. If you have a current resume you will want to dust it off and revamp it wit a few custom items from this paragraph.
Your resume has three important parts. These are the must-haves for resumes.
1. Have a cover letter.
This is mandatory. Hiring managers will literally throw out all the resumes that don’t have cover letters because the applicant, “wasn’t willing to put in the work” and add a cover letter.
Don’t let a small detail stop you from your dream job. Imagine the next 10 years being right where you are now because you didn’t spend some time writing a cover letter.
Do your best and you’ll have the best.
After the hiring culls the resumes without cover letters, you have to grab their attention.
Did you know the color blue expresses reliability, trust and integrity? Blue is a great color to put in front of the hiring manager, but not too much. Don’t overdo it.
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3. You have skills, highlight them.
Throw away the ancient, old resume your grandparents used to get hired at boring jobs for 40 years.
Those jobs have left.
You don’t need to have your address at the top, followed by your objective, then chronology of your work history followed by a crumbled up flight to the trash can because it’s so boring.
Explain that you are honest because you handled all the money for your local minnow gathering fundraiser, (I’m just guessing.) Talk about the times you created memes that went viral for your local coffee grinder club called Jitters.
You have done valuable things. They just may not have happened at a job or for a company. Show people your value, regardless of where you learned it.
Tell the truth
Whatever you do, don’t lie.
Do not say you were the director of communications and distribution to describe your paper route. It isn’t clever, it’s lying. Do not lie about your experience because most companies aren’t don’t want experience.
They want people with character.
Show them that you have character and be honest. Explain the best parts about the reality of who you are. Recruiters and hiring managers aren’t stupid. In fact, a lot of them are probably very smart. Instead of twisting your paper route experience, explain how when you had a paper route you were dependable, you worked the early hours and daily routine without exception and that every paper was easily accessible for the homeowner.
By the way, why did you have a paper route?
You do know this isn’t 1963 don’t you?
Include their information.
Make sure they know that you have done your research. If their mission statement is, “Serving Veterans with the best puppy care available,” make sure you put that on your resume. In the objective write that you feel motivated by their mission statement to serve Veterans with the best puppy care available because you are a veteran with a puppy. The more you can include their information on the resume, the better.
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Find their application process and a person to offer the resume to
Be respectful of their process. If you find an online application fill it out. Make sure you have done everything in the online process.
Remember the person with whom you connected a few paragraphs ago? Now you can talk to them about job. The first question your contact will ask when the conversation comes up is,
You want to be able to answer this with a resounding, “Yes,” but that won’t be what gets you hired. It will be your new contact that pushes the online portion of your application through to the right people.
Practice the interview
The average applicant pays around $95,000 for a college degree and then loses out to someone who prepared for the interview more than they did!
Nailing a job interview is all about preparation.
You should know what questions they will ask and how you will answer them. Don’t get floored by the dreaded, “Tell us a little about yourself” question. You’ll want to know what your body language is saying. You should understand how to speak well. This is what gets you hired, not Economics 101. You can do this on your own or check out this job interview course. It’s a whole lot cheaper than $95,000!
Enjoy the new job!
Congratulations! You just put in the work necessary to land a great job online. It was all the little extras that you did that put you above the competition and that is why you deserve this great new job, so enjoy it!