Justin Timberlake’s sense of urgency is clear. He’s only got four minutes to save the world. In your job search, you won’t be that lucky. First impressions are formed in less than 30 seconds. Related: 5 Tips For Making The Best Impression In An Interview Psychology Today says we process small clues, everything from tone of voice to posture, and in a snap we form a larger picture in our minds. This means that hiring managers may draw conclusions, and finalize their opinions, in under a minute. One study found that people shown 20 second video segments of job applicants formed similar opinions to hiring managers who were given 20 full minutes with the applicants. Now, that’s a snap decision.
It can be easy to make the wrong impression on your first day at work. We humans are judgmental beings, and we judge fast. Related: 10 Rules For Starting Your New Job On The Right Foot How fast? When it comes to hiring:
1. Make It NewsworthyThe hiring manager will invest most of their 30-second to 2-minute scan of your resume at the top, so it’s imperative that you put the most noteworthy content first. Furthermore, don’t be vague! Use significant metrics, accomplishments, and successes—and be specific. As you continue writing the resume you can go into greater detail under each individual place of employment.
2. Write For All Of Your AudiencesResumes have two audiences: the applicant tracking software (ATS) scanning the resume for keywords, and the HR person reviewing the resume to ensure it’s a match. It needs to include the keywords ATS will be looking for when it scans your resume, but it also needs the right action verbs, accomplishments, and relevant achievements to win over the HR person. For a list of the best-ranked terms HR is looking for on your resume, check out this list.
3. Be HonestInstances of job hopping, employment gaps, and long-term unemployment can be immediate deterrents for employers. Instead, focus on the benefits an employer receives by choosing you over someone else with similar experience. For example, your unique subject matter expertise, verifiable successes (be specific here), and unmatched experience are all great tools to substantiate your candidacy. Leverage them on your resume! Don’t hesitate to address challenges in your cover letter. Recruiters appreciate honesty and directness. If you’ve taken two years off to care for an ailing family member, there’s no shame in it; and it shows you know how to prioritize and put others first—desirable qualities in any great employee.
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Networking is the #1 way to get a job. If you want people to remember you, then it’s important to have a powerful first impression. You can do this through your introduction. QUIZ: What Kind Of Networker Are You? However, if you’re not prepared, it’s easy to get flustered when introducing yourself to new people, especially if you’re already feeling intimidated. To avoid this, you must prepare. Here are some tips for crafting a perfect introduction: