Easiest Way to Land That Job

Landing that job, is truly as simple as joining the dots. As a Career Coach, I get to partner with people one on one to build strategies that highlight their strengths, natural abilities, personality skills and experience to start or to pivot from their current role into a new one. We address the fear and self-doubt by playing to natural strengths and experience. In each session we utilize some amazing tools and tests that provide factual assessments as well. Those full and detailed assessments are not cheap; however, in this blog you can get access to free assessments and a guidebook to help you look at your results and match them to your natural fit for a new career. By the investing the time to do some self-reflection and analysis of your situation, strengths, needs, goals and career options you can

speak more confidently at an interview, articulate why you are good fit for the company,

 and you are less likely to want to change jobs in a year or two, making you a much more attractive candidate for the employer. This time investment now will save you time and heartache down the road. But more importantly you are making the decision to hire you an easy one for the employer.

 

This blog post is for those of you who,

  1.  Are unsure about what career path to take,

  2. Are just starting out or are making a career pivot and do not know what skills you will bring to the job,

  3. You want to build a plan that matches your skills and talents for any job you will apply for,

  4. You want to know how to tell an employer clearly and simply why you are the best person to hire

  5. You want to learn to handle the rejection better

 

What career path is a good match for me?

 

Let’s just get stuck right into how to land the job. The first thing is to truly understand what you want to do with your career. Do you want to be able to buy a home and raise a family? What is the monthly mortgage cost in the area that you would like to live? Whatever the cost of your home, your mortgage payment should only be 28% of your income. If you want to know how to make those calculations download the career guide here. Do you want enough income to also purchase a vacation home, boat or other toys that make your life fun and worthwhile? Would you like to send your kids to college? Do you want to find something that will fit in with your current lifestyle or is it time for a change? What type of retirement do you want to have?       

Your work alone will not make you happy; nor will the money you make from your career. But happiness comes when the work, the money and rewards allow you to live, love and have fun in a way that is special to you. There are no rights or wrongs, but the first step is being honest with yourself about the life that you want to live.

 

it is that makes you a good fit for the job you want. If you cannot answer the question “Why should we hire you?” you will not get hired, it is that simple. If you are making a career pivot or are new to working at all or are returning to the workplace after a break (for family, health pandemic whatever the reason) you still have a unique set of skills and experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying. You can access my free career guide that will help you to identify your transferrable skills that are relevant in every workplace. These skills will fit into the following groups,

  •  Communication: The ability to skillfully express, transmit and interpret knowledge and ideas.
  • Research and Planning: The ability to successfully search for specific knowledge and conceptualize future needs and solutions.
  • Human Relations: The ability to use interpersonal skills to resolve conflict, relate to and help people.
  • Management & Leadership:  The ability to supervise, direct, and guide individuals and groups to complete tasks and fulfill goals.
  • Work Survival: The ability to use day-to-day skills to promote productivity and work satisfaction.

 

Within each of those there are a host of skills that make you uniquely you, so please take the time to complete that section of the guide. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have or all of the criticism for last boos, look for the strengths that you do have. How does this help you to identify what career path is a good fit for you? As you are working at your skills and experiences, things that you are naturally good at, challenge yourself to see if there might be a good career fit. For example, if you are someone who can

Speak effectively

Communicate across cultures

Communicate to a wide audience

Communicate to a non- specialist audience.

Write Concisely

Listen Attentively

Express Ideas

Facilitate group Discussion

Provide appropriate feedback

The communication is a strong skill that you have and perhaps a career where communication is vital would be a good fit for you, like becoming a counselor, therapist, coach, nurse, doctor, teacher or salesperson all need strong communication skills. Let your mind be open to the process, because while the idea of being a therapist who provides psychological support might not be a good fit for you, but there are many types of therapists from speech to physical and occupational therapists. And exploring your options is so important to the discovery process. I guarantee you will not find it if you do not look and explore. Understanding the skills, you already have, and playing to your strengths will provide the confidence and ability to perform well in whatever role you choose.

 

How do I know what career paths that match my strengths?

To do this well, I strongly recommend working with a Career Coach, but if that is outside of your means then I have supports to help you too! There are fantastic assessments that can match how you prefer to interact with people, data, tools that can then match those preferences to actual careers. These tools allow you to step out of your own head of what you think will or will not work for you and provide a new perspective to what is possible. All career centric clients that work with me are able to take the MAPP for free as a part of your Coaching package. This assessment can be purchased as a stand-alone product for $119.95 to receive the pull 22 page report that my clients receive minutes after taking the 22 minute assessment.

They do have a free version, that provides limited analysis as well. (I am able to take your results and literally map out how you match to the actual work performed by people in that vocation match and provide them based on a ranking of correlation between you and the assessment. I absolutely love this session with clients because we always discover new options, and you feel empowered to dig into this line of work.) The strong validity of this test is what makes it so special with “the predicted occupational matches to range from .50-.92 with a median correlation of .67” you can investigate more here. But there are other tests that can give you a good start as well like the Holland Codes. This assessment matches your personality to vocational options.

John L. Holland's RIASEC hexagon of The Holland Codes, graphed as a hexagon, shows that it is a circumplex that can be mapped onto two underlying dimensions. Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland_Codes

There is a link to a free version of the Holland Codes assessment in the free guide. The benefits of doing the research to ensure a good career fit include;

  • When your work fits your personality, you will enjoy it more,
  • When you enjoy the work, the likelihood of success increases,
  • The more successful you are the more that you enjoy work,
  • When you enjoy work you are less stressed,
  • Less stress means that you are a happier individual
  • Happier individuals live healthier lives.

If you have ever felt like a square peg in a round hole at work, you know what I mean by the stress that can come from work just not being a good fit for you. Take the time to do a solid diligent search and the payoff is a life well lived.

 

I have identified the career I want how to I express that I am a solid match to the recruiter?

The most important way to show a recruiter that you have given careful consideration to your application, is by submitting a clear concise and well explained resume and cover letter. It is important to note, that women and minorities are only likely to apply for positions when they meet 100% of the requirements, while white males will apply when they only have 65% of the requirements. The problem today, however, is that when you submit your resume and cover letter through an online portal, there is software that scans your resume and cover letter for keywords and if they do not have those keywords included, your resume will never see human eyes. When you work with a Career Coach, they can help by utilizing similar software to ensure that your resume passes the portal scans. But let’s look at a job posting to see how you can increase your own success rate.

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the Executive Leadership Team and reports directly into the CEO and CFO. A 50/50 onsite/remote schedule is required in this role. While an onsite presence is needed for maintaining the space, presentations and reports may be completed remotely. XXX-XXXXXXX is an equal opportunity employer – diversity, inclusion and belonging drive the culture. XXX-XXXXXXX encourages all applicants who meet the qualifications to apply. 

Job Requirements:

  • Answer phones and greet visitors
  • Schedule appointments and maintain calendars
  • Assist each Executive Leadership Team member with administrative and repetitive tasks within their groups
  • Schedule and coordinate staff and other meetings
  • Schedule conference rooms
  • Organize and prep materials
  • Prepare conference area
  • Book reservations
  • Order food
  • Collate and distribute mail and package deliveries, assist with outbound mailings and deliveries including new hire packages and laptop equipment
  • Maintain mail machine
  • Prepare UPS and Fed Ex packages when IT is not available
  • Order company supplies
  • Prepare New Hire Packets
  • Maintain the breakroom assure that it is properly supplied
  • Stock cups, creamer, plates, cutlery, paper-towels, sugar
  • Maintain vending machines (beverage and snack)- ensure stocked
  • Maintain refrigerators
  • Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, reports, and other correspondence
  • Create and maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical
  • Assist with travel arrangement and expense reports
  • Assist with event planning and coordination, including trade shows and user group conferences
  • Adhere to all department and company policies
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • College Degree, preferred
  • 3 years of experience in an assistant role
  • Exc. Telephone acumen
  • Exc. Ability to greet
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, inc. PowerPoint
  • Ability to work independently and follow directions
  • Ability to meet and exceed deadlines
  • Ability to edit documents quickly
  • Detailed oriented
  • Excellent vocabulary
  • Professional acumen
  • Poised
  • Honest, trustworthy, reliable, detailed oriented, dedicated
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work onsite as needed or remote when able

Physical Demands:

  • Walk, stand, lift up to 30lbs, reach, bend, carry, hear, computer dexterity, speak, greet.

Some of the key words that your resume and cover letter would need to have if you were applying for this position are

“Microsoft Office”

“Excellent telephone acumen”

“3 years of experience in an office assistant role”

“Detail oriented”

“Honest”

If you can copy and paste, you can tweak your resume to ensure that you are using their wording to get by and screening software. However, it is extremely important that you

DO NOT LIE, FUDGE THE TRUTH, OR FALSELY REPRESENT YOURSELF

So, if you do not have 3 years of office experience but you have 75% of everything else, apply and use other strengths that you do have to show that you meet their needs.


The employer or recruiter has taken the time to list exactly what it is that they are looking for, in your response to them you should be joining the dots for them to see exactly how you align with that list of needs. Your cover letter is that tool that says, I see what you are looking for and I am showing you how I am a good match. In most cases, you get less than 6 seconds for a recruiter to scan your cover letter and place it onto the yes or no pile.  By laying out a cover letter that shows them that you understand their needs, you make it easy for a recruiter to say yes to your application and move you onto the next stage. Below I have selected 5 points and written a cover letter for my resume, that joins the dots and makes it easy for the recruiter to say yes to moving me onto the next stage of the process.

My address

Their address

Date

Dear (Name of the person you would be answering to in the role take the time to find out),

Adaptable, flexible, and dependable are just three of the words people use to describe me and it would be a privilege to bring my skills and experience to serve your Executive Leadership Team.

What would I bring to XXX-XXXXXXX organization on day 1?

  • Exc. Telephone acumenI understand that my voice is the often the first impression that the public will receive of XXX-XXXXXXX. I love being able to answer the phone, calmly and professionally no matter how busy I am. Creating a professional yet warm experience for clients over the phone is a skill I possess.
  • Exc. Ability to greet – whether I am hosting a dinner in my own or walking clients into a meeting room, I am warm and welcoming. This is simply who I am as a person, and I love making people feel welcomed and valued.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, inc. PowerPoint – I have been using Microsoft since before I graduated from High School and am able to utilize, edit and create documents including PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and follow directions – I am reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Producing the results provides a sense of pride that I relish.
  • Ability to meet and exceed deadlines – I love to be challenged and I do this by exceeding deadlines. If you want to speak with Sue Smith at (555) 222-3333 she will tell that I consistently surprised her in exceeding deadlines when I was working for her.

I would appreciate the time to meet with you to discuss my other experiences, skills and personality traits that make me a solid candidate for this position. Would you have time in the next week for us to meet and discuss your expectations for the role in more detail? Thank you so much for taking the time to read my application.

Warmly

Robyn Ireland

Ph:

Email:

 

Can you see how I have joined the dots from what they are looking for, to who I am as a person and given them evidence that I can do what they are looking for? This is all you need to get your application to the interview stage! You do not need to write essays, or fluffy explanations concise clear points of how you can provide the skills that they need to do the work is all you need to do. Use the wording from your interest profiles if you are stuck on which words to use as well but make them flow so that it sound s like your natural speech. When you know have taken the time to assess your skills and attributes it is so much easier to tweak and adapt that to match each unique application that you make.

 

I wrote an amazing cover letter, and my resume was clear and sharp, but I did not get an interview. Now what do I do?

 

You know that you are heading down the slippery slope of self-loathing if you are asking yourself.

 

What’s wrong with me?

Why do I never get an interview?

Job hunting is stupid and annoying, I hate this!

What’s wrong with all of these fussy recruiters?

Why bother?

 

Shift your thinking by asking yourself these instead. 

What assumptions am I making?

 What do I know to be true about the company?

 How else could I be looking at this?

 What have I learnt about the application process?

 What would I rather be feeling right now?

 Am I willing to try again?

 What can I do to improve my chances of an interview?

  

Here are some statistics to keep in mind,

  • On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job. (Glassdoor)
  • 1 in 6 candidates who applied for a job were asked for an interview.
    (Jobvite 2017 Recruiting Funnel Benchmark Report) 
  • Recruiters take an average of 6 seconds to scan a resume.
    (TheLadders) 
  • 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates. 
    (Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016)
  • You have an 8.3% chance of scoring an interview from one application. (Hire Lehigh)
  • A recent survey reveals that it takes 100–200 applications on average to get one job offer. In other words, it takes between 10 and 20 applications to land an interview and about 10–15 interviews to get an offer. These numbers confirm that employers are picky, and you need to be persistent and don’t lose motivation.
  • 51% of people currently employed are looking for a new position.
  • On average, employers go through 2–3 interview rounds before choosing a candidate. (Career Sidekick)
  • Recruiters need about 90 seconds to determine whether they would hire a candidate.(The Undercover Recruiter)
  • First impressions are essential. About 33% of recruiters claim they decide whether they will hire a candidate in the first minute and a half of the interview. Therefore, you should try and make the most out of those 90 seconds by being as genuine as possible, smile, and speak clearly.
  • Interview statistics reveal that employers are looking for confident candidates. Therefore, it’s natural that you feel nervous during the interview; however, keep in mind that 40% of recruiters state the candidate’s voice quality and a lack of smile might be reasons for rejection. (MRI Network)
  • Additionally, 65% of interviewers reject candidates who fail to make eye contact and 20% of interviewers don’t take into consideration candidates who sit with their arms crossed.
  • 47% of interviewers say they wouldn’t choose a candidate who has little knowledge of the company. (Twin Employment)

 

These statistics have been sourced from What To Become and Zety

               

Knowing these facts, did you make it simple and easy for the recruiter who is reading 250+ applications for every job posting? How could you make it simpler next time?

 

Many times, we can form an impression of what the job would be like, or even romanticize what our lives would be like working in that role. And when the ‘We have decided to go in a different direction’ message comes we feel personally rejected. But is that emotional response necessary?

 

There are great reasons to own a minivan if you have a large family; and there are great reasons to own a sports car if you love the pleasure of driving. The fact one of these types of vehicles is right for some families and not right for others is just a matter of practicality. Not being a good fit is never comfortable, when we are uncomfortable, we do not perform at our best and when we are not at our best, we are unlikely to be successful. Trust the process of continually to show up as your authentic self, who knows their strengths and careers that will set you up for success and you will find the best fit. Let go of the recruiters who say no to you and learn to thank them for not trying to push you into something that would not work for either of you.

 

Thank you so much for reading through this blog, I hope that it has given you new tools, awareness and mindset to find a path forward to makes you happy. If you would like to schedule a free consult with me, you are more than welcome to do so. And don’t forget to download your free guide

 

Wishing you the very best!

 

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