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How To Get The Job You Want [Infographic]

Finding the right job is a daunting proposition. What’s the best way to get an employer’s attention? And once you have it, how do you make the most of your interview?


How To Get The Job You Want

Here is some insight into what employers are looking for in their potential hires, and the best ways to stay ahead of the pack to get the job you want:

A “Top Of The Pile” Resume

The challenge in creating a resume is finding a balance between providing employers the elements they need, and creating something that expresses who you are as an individual. Seventy percent of employers claim to prefer a traditional resume to an infographic, online profile, or video resume, a fact that makes it easier to choose an overall approach. Keeping things traditional doesn’t mean ditching your personality, but there are certain resume elements that are a must for getting the right info in front of the right person.

Contact Info

Because, in case you didn’t realize, it’s important for an employer to know how to get in touch with you.

Headline/Objective

In 10 words or less, tell them who you are and why you would make a strong addition to their team.

Skills

All the relevant skills you’ve acquired, along with any special training or certifications you’ve received.

Experience

A clear and concise list of your work experience. It may be helpful to adapt this section to fit with the job you’re applying for, presenting the employer with relevant experience. Education The degrees you’ve acquired and the schools you received them from, in addition to any special honors you’ve received.

An Interview To Remember

Much of a good interview comes down to confidence. Entering a room with your head held high, a firm handshake and eye contact can go a long way toward a strong first impression. It also helps to know what an interviewer wants to hear. Employers separate potential hires’ characteristics into two categories: soft and hard skills. Soft skills are defined as intangible or immeasurable qualities, like problem solving and listening. Hard skills, on the other hand, are more quantifiable, demonstrable traits, such as technical abilities and certified training. While 31% of employers prefer hard skills, 69% of employers place a higher premium on soft skills. Here are the top five soft and hard skills, according to polled employers.

Soft Skills

  1. Dependence/Reliability
  2. Motivation
  3. Communication
  4. Initiative
  5. Commitment

Hard Skills

  1. Experience
  2. Technical Ability
  3. Training
  4. Education
  5. Certification
Whatever job you’re looking for, remember that employers want to know who you are, but they also have limited time to expend in finding you. Keep things simple for them while also expressing yourself. The hard reality of job hunting is that you only get a few chances to win them over. Use them wisely. Courtesy of: CashNetUSA Enjoy this infographic? You've got time for another! Check out these related infographics: Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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