“The leader must aim high, see big, judge wisely, thus setting himself apart from the ordinary people…” Charles de Gaulle
If you are reading this blog, it is probable that you have been recruited by our staff or you have landed on one of our websites. Even still, it is important for you to be set apart from the masses from the beginning of the recruitment process. Many candidates think that because we recruit you that you don’t have to do anything to get a better job. You could not be more incorrect. It is important for you to be set apart from the hundreds of other candidates that cross our desks.
How do you do that? First, and foremost, make it easy for the hiring authority to get in touch with you. Provide a valid email address and return phone calls in a timely manner. This, incidentally, is respectful of my staff as well. It is our mission to improve your life and job, but we can’t do that if we can’t communicate with you. Our time, as is yours, is valuable. Oftentimes, candidates recruited in this fashion will abandon the job opportunity because of lack of time. We will work with you and if you tell us that from the beginning, we can maximize our efforts on your behalf. Don’t be afraid to tell us, or the hiring authority, that you need some time. We always appreciate candidates who are respectful or our time; that respect will set you apart.
Second, begin preparing a resume. Candidates with resumes ready for the client will land on the list much higher than a candidate without one. Most candidates will lose the job opportunity because of the inability to get a resume together. Do not over-think your resume. It should be one page and should cover at least 7 years of your employment history. Be succinct and parallel. Here is an example of succinct and parallel:
- Work with corporate office to ensure proper customer satisfaction.
- Work with General Manager to ensure lower food and labor costs.
- Work with team members to help them develop important skills
When you are succinct and parallel on your resume, you will be set apart from the rest. Remember, the hiring authority might have 50 resumes to review. Make sure your resume quickly reflects your skills.
Third, put all the cards on the table from the beginning. Remember, this is a small world and if you withhold information from the beginning, it will come back to haunt you; be up front from the beginning. Often, I have candidates who tell me all of the possible issues from the beginning. When I know these issues, I can be an effective advocate on your behalf. We are here to help you and candidates who tell us everything up front (i.e. background issues, schedule restrictions, salary, insurance) are set apart.
Finally, interview well. There are postings on this blog as to how to do that. Be different in the interview. Allow the hiring authority to remember you above all other candidates. This is not hard to do. Be respectful and grateful for his time. Say thank you, be polite. Candidates do not understand the frustrating, yet rewarding task that hiring authorities face. When you are grateful and respectful, that hiring authority will remember you. This is true for members of my staff as well.
Set yourself apart in your job search. Do this because it will increase the likelihood of a positive job change. Do this because it is the right thing to do.