Remember when you are looking for a new company to devote your time and skills to you have the ability to be as picky as you want. This is the place you are going to spend 40+ hours a week at. You have to be happy, Companies are figuring out they have to deliver more than a paycheck to keep their employees happy and coming in everyday.
Here are some things you can do to check if the company would be good for you.
-Read their reviews on sites like Glassdoor to see what current and previous employees are saying.
-Connect with an employee via social platforms like Linkedin or Twitter that are in the role you’re interested in and get their feedback. (but remember everyone has their own experience) You decide what to take from their feedback.
-During the interview, inquire about how their team connects outside of work, how do they build employee morale. Think of questions that will really give you an idea of their culture.
Your resume is the first thing employers see and this piece of paper will determine if you get called for an interview or not. So are you taking the time out to make sure your resume shows your skills and experience?
Here are a few things to think about when creating a stand out resume.
-Your resume should be tailored to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are a software developer the meat of your resume should be the same you are only adjusting minor verbiage to match the description. Mainly because most companies will be looking for different skills, tools, and languages. So if (and only if) you have experience in the areas they’re looking for make sure you highlight those areas on your resume.
-Check and make sure all of your links on your resume work.
-Triple-checked for typos and then let someone read it to make sure it makes sense. They should get a clear understanding of what you’ve done in the past and how it translates into what you can bring to this new team.
The first step in the interview process is a phone interview. This is the prescreening step to see if you really have the experience you say and to gauge your personality, culture fit, communication skills along with other things.
Most importantly this is your time to make a good first impression. As a recruiter, I prescreen all my candidates before I refer them to the hiring manager. So, if your not making it passed the phone interview here are some things I’ve noticed that could be the problem for you.
-You sound bored or uninterested in the opportunity. If you sound dry to the recruiter they will not pass you on to the hiring manager.
-You don’t sound confident about your experience or downplay what you have accomplished. Even if you’re entry-level and you don’t have a lot of experience you still need to speak confidently about the experience you do have.
-You can’t articulate your experience and what you bring to the table. When I ask a candidate about their experience and it’s really broad or generic I make them break down what they did and we rephrase ways they can explain their experience better.
Lastly, the interview is for you to sell yourself and your skills to the company you want to work for. Period!