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How To Sell Yourself And Get Hired

How To Sell Yourself And Get Hired

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Hello? Is it me you are looking for? Looking for work when you don’t have a job can be incredibly lonely and unrewarding. So, how can you get hired?

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Many employers don’t send acknowledgement notices via mail, e-mail, fax, or phone like they did in the good ole days.

Applicants often spend seemingly fruitless hours sitting at home, undressed (unwashed? unshaven?) in front of computers scanning myriad job announcements and completing tedious online applications.

For variety, a resume might be e-mailed to be considered for a job opening.

Most job seekers are left to wonder if they are even being considered for any of the jobs applied to. Many employers wonder where are the good applicants are.

So where’s the disconnect?

How can an applicant reach an employer who would consider him or her an ideal candidate?

The answer may be as simple as matching preferred communication method.

I have recently been contacted by two sales people who are very smart in how they have attempted to close a sale with me. If more job seekers followed their lead they might have more success in getting hired.

What impressed me?

1. Varied Communication Methods

They followed up with me via e-mail, phone, and snail mail. Neither assumed that because they preferred to communicate via e-mail that I would. Different hiring managers have different communication method preferences. It is up to the applicant to find the one that works best or keep trying all available methods until the goal is achieved in the form of an answer, interview or offer.

2. Pleasant, But Persistent Follow Up

Of course, a barrage of calls, e-mails, faxes, and in person visits in a short period of time isn’t going to help the cause too much either. Allow a day or so to pass between attempts. Pattern your timing after the pleasant drip in a zen water garden. Both women who were trying to reach me communicated in brief, pleasant ways that left me feeling guilty I had not called or e-mailed them back recently.

3. Underlined The Benefit

In each communication, I was reminded I needed their service and why. Work to be considered for employment and show the employer you will work for your paycheck. The most effective way to do this is to make sure the employer knows why you are the best match for his/her job and company.

Yes, this is sales. Sell yourself. Get hired.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

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Mary Sherwood Sevinsky is a career and occupational consultant who is masters-prepared and certified. She is a business owner with nearly 20 years of experience in Corporate Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials. She has worked as a corporate manager experienced in hiring, firing, and managing a staff of professionals with a multi-million dollar budget. Learn more about Mary and her services: www.life-works.info.


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Mary Sherwood Sevinsky Mary is master’s-prepared and has over 20 years of experience in career assessment, counseling, and assisting transitioning workers such as those needing to make a career change, or who are moving, injured or disabled. Mary also has a great deal of experience with high level professionals and mature workers. Areas of expertise include: Career Assessment and Assistance, Resume Development, LinkedIn Profiles, Bio’s, Cover Letters, and Interview Preparation.