Who needs you? Use this thought process to develop a cover letter, resume, and interview package that gets you the job!
If you are going through a career transition, an effective job search strategy is essential. There are three important components to an effective job search strategy:
- Cover letters
One way to make yourself stand out to a potential employer is to tailor your resume and interviews so they complement the information you present in your cover letter.
This means changing your resume and cover letter to fit the different positions you are interested in, rather than printing several copies of the same version and distributing them to different hiring managers.
The goal of a job search strategy is to make yourself sound like the answer to their prayers.
You do this by reading the job description, and then tailoring your cover letters, resume, and interviews to fit those specifics.
You want each hiring manager you interact with to feel that you are the perfect person for the job based on the impressions they get from your cover letter, resume and interview.
Remember, they need you, in some ways more than you need them, but at least equally as much.
If there is an opening in their department, they are most likely doing double duty. They are literally thinking they need to find the best person for this position as quickly as possible so they don’t have to be sitting at the office until ten o’clock at night.
Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager and use their particular language in your cover letter, resume and interview to convince them that you are the perfect fit for the position. This requires you having a clear understanding of the exact skills and qualities they are looking for.
This is only an effective job search strategy if you are willing to make specific changes in the cover letter and resume you present to each company.
And, of course the information you give in the interview will support these position-specific assertions.
If you’ve ever wondered if you’re doing the work you’re truly meant to do, I’d like to invite you for a F.R.E.E. Career Strategy Consult with me so you can have your first breakthrough. Book a time to chat with me here.