When it comes to job searching today, the power is in the hands of the seeker. The State of Ohio currently reports nearly 237,000 job openings — that’s more jobs than there are people looking for employment! This means if you’re interested in making a career move, now is the time.
Regardless of how hot the job market is, it’s still important to present your best self during your search. At the end of the day, hiring managers want to know they have the right candidate for the job. Read on for three ways to wow them into a great offer!
It’s not enough to simply list your job experiences on a resume or job application. Make it easy to understand how your skills translate to the job you’re applying for by clearly highlighting them.
Be sure to carefully read the job description, the functions of the job, and what skills are needed. Then, look at your resume or job application and pull out accomplishments that align with those requirements. You might list those experiences first, and look for ways to use the same language found in the job description. Those words will stand out to the hiring manager as a match for the perfect candidate!
Hiring managers also want to know that you’re excited about the possibility of working for them. To show your enthusiasm for the job, come prepared. Study the company’s website, and show that you’ve taken an interest in the opportunity by referencing the company mission in your cover letter (if you write one) and during the interview. You’ll not only show that you’re motivated, interested, and resourceful, but the hiring manager will be thrilled that you’re the type of employee who will take the initiative in the role, too.
If you’re fortunate enough to land an interview, be sure to follow up immediately after. While handwritten notes are always best, it’s okay to send an email with a quick note thanking the hiring manager for the opportunity, and it’s even better to throw in a personal reference that makes you memorable. If you talked about your mutual love for baseball during the interview, for example, you might end the note with a “Go Reds!” You’ll show personality and leave the interviewer with something memorable so your application doesn’t get lost in the stack.
Taking the steps to further your career isn’t always easy, but the end result can be life-changing. Finding a job you love can lead you to feeling confident, productive, and fulfilled. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we believe everyone deserves to feel that way! That’s why we’re committed to providing job skills training and employment services that help local job seekers obtain vocational success and personal fulfillment.
Each year, Ohio Valley Goodwill’s employment specialists help hundreds of people with disabilities, our nation’s veterans, and others facing barriers to employment find meaningful employment and become fully included members of their home communities.
Learn more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s vocational programs and services here.
P.S. Ohio Valley Goodwill is hiring for many positions in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana! Learn more about the benefits of working at Goodwill, then view our list of available positions to apply today.