A new year calls for new trends - and that doesn’t exclude new focus’s when it comes to your resume and job search. It’s always good to update your resume and interview skills when it comes to your next job hunt.
Here are our top tips in crafting your resume and crushing that interview to ensure you stand out from the rest:
1. The “30-secound test” : On average recruiters and resume reviewers spend about 30 seconds or less when determining if a resume is worth reading or not - which means your most important/critical skills and accomplishment need to stand out. You’ll want to be concise and clear when it comes to writing. This isn’t your college essay - keep it to the point and remember it’s all about what YOU can bring to the table.
Organization is key. Spacing, bullet points, attractive layouts are all important.
2. Confidence: Fake it till you make it : Whether it comes to your interview or resume you always want to appear confident in yourself. If you don’t appear sure of yourself and confident in your skills how can you expect your potentially employer to be? Turn your fear of whatever it might be into excitement and frame your situation into an opportunity.
3. Do your research: Before going into that next interview, look up the company. Look up their competitors. Read the annual reports, know that company backwards and forwards so that not only are you able to go in there and sell yourself on how exactly you’re going to contribute and help them grow but also so you can engage and be active in the conversation as well. Employers wants to know how YOU are going to help them get to where they want to be as a company as well as feel confident that they are going to higher someone who knows that they’re getting into.
It pays off to know your stuff and background on the company and/or position you are applying for. If you can, find out who your interviewer is and do your backward work there as well. Finding similar interests or backgrounds always gives you a lead and is a sure way to stand out.
Thanks to www.mo.com for the great interview they did of our Co-founder and CEO #MichaelDennis @FindHire
The fast paced, wild contagious growth, and the icing on the cake a potential ipo or acquisition target. All of these components play into the attractiveness in joining a start-up company, but the most important isn’t listed here. It is to be a part of something, make an impact, and see a company/ product take shape from nothing more than an idea (not to underrate ideas). In this climate where big business is struggling with high operating costs and profits for any company besides apple seem to be shrinking the attractiveness to younger generations of job seekers to join start-ups is growing rapidly.
I am constantly engaged with candidates that want nothing more than to get in at the “ground floor” of a start-up here in Silicon Beach. I have helped make many intros for those job-seekers, and have starting to cater our job board on FindHire to those types of jobs. The truth is that these companies are constantly looking inside of their own network for their next hire. Why? It spawns from cost/ budget being nearly non-existent. Even after a seed round they are not able to offer huge packages, or a high base, and in the competitive start-up environment the amount of equity you can expect to receive is less and less.
So the question: How do you land a job at one of these companies?
—> Most importantly, remember to highlight that you are willing to wear multiple hats and do whatever it takes. Sometime addressing the budgetary requirements and undercutting yourself to get in the door will pay off big in the long run.
Remember: The founders are not hiring people that are turn key. In fact most founders outside of the over-funded Beachmint team can even afford to recruit top talent. So most founders want people that bring intelligence and a 24/7 work ethic to the table, where you are willing to do whatever it takes to see the company succeed.
These points will help you get in the door, and stay behind it to see what fate + the market has to say about your new start-up.