We are going to let you in on a secret . . .
Of all the tips and tricks there are on getting a job, the main thing to know is this: hiring managers want to work with people they like. That’s right. Regardless of your work experience and education, your character is what will — or won’t — get you hired.
Here are 10 guaranteed ways to help you stand out from other applicants and secure you the job you’ve been dreaming of.
1) Be humble.
The cold hard truth is that almost everyone is replaceable. You are awesome, yes, but you are one peg in the wheel of the company you will serve. Admit you need to keep growing. This shows courage and strength, not weakness.
2) Believe in yourself.
This point and the first point must coexist. Be confident in the experiences, education, and relationships that have made you who you are. Have faith that those investments will pay off positively.
3) Have a proven track record.
Communicate clearly what ways you’ve proven your value. Have visual examples like reports, websites, and portfolios, if possible.
4) Let your reputation speak for you.
Do you have colleagues who think highly of you? Ask them to write a letter or a LinkedIn recommendation saying so. Share it with your hiring manager and let it do the talking for you.
5) Be a team player.
No man is an island, as we all know. Consider your teammates in big and small ways. Buy them coffee and help carry their workload when they need help. People don’t forget these acts of kindness.
6) Be kind. Consider others above yourself.
The best hidden secret to getting hired is to be someone that the hiring manager would want to be friends with. That doesn’t mean you should make jokes or be casual, but it does mean you should be kind, considerate, and smile!
7) Feed and foster an ownership mentality.
No matter what role you are in, ask yourself if you feel like you own the job, the company, the culture. Take charge! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to do it. Make it your own.
8) Just do something.
Not sure what to do on your first day, just do something. And keep doing it. As Newton told us, “An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Once you’re in action, you’ll stay in action — and your hiring manager won’t miss this.
9) Dress the part.
Call me old fashioned, but please don’t wear jeans to your interview! Dressing up communicates professionalism and respect to your hiring manager.
10) Read. Invest in your own growth.
No one can take responsibility for your own growth but you. Not to mention that in regular conversation, your knowledge will spill out. This is impressive!
What tips and tricks have you picked up along the way to securing the job you’ve always dreamed of? Let us know below!