Whatever job search methods you use, it is essential that you understand that most jobs are now with smaller organizations. More than 70 percent of all nongovernmental workers now work for employers with 250 or fewer employees.
12 Quick Tips That'll Help You Grab a Hiring Manager's Attention
Strike a balance between offering new information and reiterating things you've already shared during multistage job interviews, writes Sara McCord. When you repeat something, preface it by saying something along the lines of, "As I was saying the last time we met."
Meet the interviewer's oddest questions with answers that illustrate your creativity and problem-solving skills, advises Lisa Quast. Such questions aren't meant to solicit perfect answers, but to give the hiring manager insight into how your mind works
A networking approach that's self-centered, focused on transactions over relationships and indicative of a quantity-over-quality philosophy isn't going to succeed, writes Ivan Misner. By investing in your relationships and making sure you have something to offer to others, you'll be more likely to benefit from networking in the long run.
The job-search process has not changed with the times and isn't as effective as it once was, writes Tara Hunt. Using social media to connect with potential employers may be a more honest and effective process.
Ask for a timeline for the remainder of the hiring process before leaving a job interview to encourage a speedy decision, experts say. Continue following up with updates on any successes you've had at your current job.
Whether you're interviewing for a position or networking, you have to be comfortable talking about yourself, writes Katie Douthwaite Wolf. By driving the discussion to topics you're passionate about, practicing common interview anecdotes with friends and family and describing yourself from others' perspectives, you can get over your fear of sounding self-centered, she writes.
Some common networking myths include that extroverted people are better at making connections and that small talk is the best way to ingratiate yourself with a new contact, writes Josh Mait, the chief marketing officer at Relationship Science. "Eschew the pointless name collecting and focus instead on high-quality connections with long-term value," he writes.
The most common question used to begin a job interview is some variation of Tell me about yourself." To make a good impression, answer by providing pertinent, career-related information and leaving out personal and social details. Discuss your education, work background and key accomplishments while keeping your answer brief.