The job search process is overwhelming: there are tons of things you need to keep track of, resumes to update and interviews to attend and follow up on. Not only is it draining, but you need to constantly put your best foot forward and make your best impression. To simplify it for you, we’ve narrowed down the top traits hiring managers look for in a potential candidate. Each time you sit down to write a cover letter or schedule an interview, keep these in mind and be sure to elaborate on the value you can bring as an employee.
- Problem Solving
The most effective thing you can do is explain to a hiring manager how you can help solve the challenges his or her business faces. If you can focus your communication on the value you bring in terms of your ability to solve problems, they’ll be able to envision you in the role. Point to specific examples of issues you’ve addressed and resolved in your experience, or spell out results on your resume. Ask questions and show curiosity about the types of challenges you’d be working on. At the end of the day, no matter what traits each potential candidate has, the one who is willing to find solutions to critical problems is the one who will likely be hired.
- A Personal Brand
This one is dependent on the company you’re applying for, since some organizations may not value a personal brand. But many modern companies have developed a unique positioning, and value a candidate who is not only familiar with that brand, but has created a personal brand which aligns with their own. This reflects the fact that you have an understanding for the company’s personality, and that a ton of brand training and development won’t be necessary (saving the company time and money). To build your own personal brand, consider creating an online website or portfolio, spending time connecting with others on social media and maintain a consistent voice and design across your brand.
The interview process is your chance to make a great impression on the hiring manager by showing enthusiasm for the company and the job at hand. Ask good questions about the growth opportunity and the team. Point to tasks and responsibilities you would be excited about doing if you got the job. Follow up with a well-written thank you note and for bonus points, send over an article or website that you referenced during your conversation and were excited about discussing.
There’s no doubt about it, the job search process can be overwhelming. We hope clarifying a few traits will help you wade through all the information out there and find the best fit for you. If you’re looking for more ways to simplify the job search process, Reignger can help! Download our app today to get started.