Optimising has grown quite a bit over the previous 12 months, which has meant that I have been involved in recruiting for several positions over this time.
Finding the perfect hire that will both fit the culture and also have the right skills set can be difficult at times, mainly due to the way in which people apply for roles. With a bit little more effort on the applicants behalf will not only make them stand out from the crowd, it will also put the potential employer in a positive mindset when speaking the the candidate.
This blog post should make it easy for potential employees of mine to know EXACTLY how to get a job with me (if candidates are reading this, just follow these golden rules and you are in)
Cover letter & Resume
This is the first point of contact I have a with a candidate, so a great first impression is vital:
Resume and cover letter should always be in PDF format. No excuses.
- Short and to the point
When I go through over 50 resumes for a job, if your resume or cover letter is too long, it won’t get read. Make it to the point and relevant. If you fit the bill, I’ll notice.
- Nicely formatted
You don’t need one of those fancy infographic style resumes, or your photo on it, but having a nicely and neatly formatted resume is a must. Make reading your resume a good experience (if that’s even possible!)
- Relevant to the job
Whatever is in the resume or cover letter, ensure that it pertains to the job. I am not interested in the work experience you did at the local footy club canteen when you were 14.
Do I call to follow up a resume?
This is a tough one. I get lots of follow up calls about applications. Now, I am not completely against it as a technique, but if you are going to follow up:
- Have relevant questions/reason for the follow up call: Don’t just call for a random chat about nothing in particular
- Keep it short: Everyone is busy – Keep the call short, to the point, and make a good impression.
Interview stage (Phone or in-person)
If you make it to the interview stage you are doing something right! Doing well at the interview stage should not be stressful, as I will already have a positive impression of you in my mind:
- Show interest in the job and the company
Do some research on the industry, our company, our clients, and the job. This shows your initiative and genuine interest in working for me.
- Don’t argue or push your own agenda
Generally it will not be your job to lose, it’s up to you to show us that you will be the best fit for the job. I am interviewing you (although I do appreciate some questions from candidates)
- Don’t ask for the following…yet:
- Hours (eg. can you leave early on Mondays, sometimes I need to take my cat to the vet on Tuesday mornings at 11am…)
- Holidays you need to take (this is fine, but wait till we get a bit further into the process)
- Things that may get in the way of your job…(leave drama at the door)
- Reply to emails fast
This is one some may not agree with, but prompt replies to emails are pretty important. A reply that takes more than a few hours is a big no-no in my books.
- Email Address: Gmail, personal domain, university email only
This might be a bit fussy, but internet provider emails, hotmail accounts, and email addresses like email@example.com don’t scream professional to me.
- Be on time to your interview
- If something is asked of you, like to provide documents or answers, make it a priority
This shows that you the job is a priority and a real focus for you.
- Dress for the job
Check out our website, see what other wear to work, and dress to that level. This will illustrate you already fit in.
Good luck future employees!