By Lauren Harrison
When it comes to searching for a job, everyone wants to know the secret to success. For the last three years I have been speaking to HR recruiters and have learned that many of them look for the same thing when it comes to job candidates. So the key is finding a way to stand out from the crowd. But how in the world do you accomplish that? It’s actually easier than you may think.
• Your resume is your marketing collateral. You only have six seconds to make the right impression so make it count. Recruiters want clean, neat and concise resumes. Some job seekers want to use graphics and color in order to stand out, but all you really need is WORDS on your resume. Under each position make sure your bullet points call attention to your most noteworthy and relevant accomplishments. Keep the font simple, be consistent with the format, and of course remember to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. If you find that you are not getting the desired results, you may want to consult a professional resume writer to help fix up your resume so that it gets you noticed. (The JCS Career Center has a resume writer on staff.)
• Do more than just “look the part.” Not only is it crucial to dress professionally, you also need to have a charismatic personality. I always tell my clients that personality is everything. Organizations are looking for positive, warm, enthusiastic candidates to move to the next level. If you want to make a favorable first impression be personable. The likability factor is extremely important.
• Consider the corporate culture. I might have a client who possesses all the qualifications that a company is looking for, but if that person does not fit the culture of the office then it’s most likely a deal breaker. Recruiters are looking for someone who will blend into the organization in both skill set as well as personality.
• Sell yourself. Prospective employers want to hear that you went above and beyond what was required of you in the workplace. Explaining what makes you valuable to a future employer is important share. One way to stand out during your interview is to tell a memorable story that highlights a past success.
It is a recruiter’s business to know what qualities and skills employers look for in job candidates. So if you’re looking for a job, following these top recommendations from recruiters can make all the difference in helping you edge out the competition.
By Lauren Harrison, Account Representative, JCS Career Center
JCS offers a full range of career services. For more information about the JCS Career Center click here or call 410-466-9200.