The Job Search: It’s Game ON

So you’re looking for a job. You’ve updated your resume, researched the market, invested in a great interview ensemble and begun your process. Perhaps you’ve shared your resume with a job board or are working with a recruiter.

Now is the time to stop and realize – It’s Game On.

image1-6In everything (and I do mean everything) that you do and say from this point forward, you must be thoughtful and deliberate. The way that you personally interact and manage this process shows decision makers a great deal about the sort of employee you will be, and can make or break your chances of getting hired.

Your recruiter can be your biggest advocate in this process, but you must do your part. In a Good&Co article titled “20 Things Recruiters Want, But Won’t Tell You” they sum it up perfectly when they say, “Recruiters are evaluating everything to determine if you’re going to be a fit for the team, and every single action and communication – whether verbal, nonverbal, or written – can be the difference between getting a job or being passed over for another candidate.”

You must help us help you. Let me say that again. You MUST help US help YOU.

Here’s how:

  1. Be Timely. When a recruiter or a hiring manager calls, you have to respond quickly or they may move on to another candidate. Although you may be gainfully employed and unable to respond immediately, find creative ways to check in and be available for a meeting or interview. Early morning coffee, a call on the drive in, over a lunch break … be ready to be flexible and make it happen.
  2. Be Thoughtful. Know what you want and communicate it effectively. Dress the part. Be prepared. Ask good questions. Follow up. Although these things should be second nature for someone looking to get hired, they all too often are not. Represent yourself accordingly.
  3. Be Truthful. Although it is tempting to gloss over gaps in your resume or downplay touchy job situations, honesty with your recruiter is key. Address these issues pragmatically, honestly and with an eye towards lessons learned.
  4. Be Realistic. Are you changing industries? Are you transitioning from a corporate environment to a startup? You may need to make some trade-offs. Be realistic about the benefits and downfalls of each side of the aisle, and know when to give a little.

While the job market has improved recently, competition is still fierce. Don’t bomb your job search. If you come to the table prepared and professional, your recruiter can be your greatest ally in this process. Don’t give anyone a reason to rule you out.

It’s Game On!