I have a great job, but recently our church went through an extensive hiring process to find the right person for a key job at our church. I’m thankful that our Pastor is very picky and insists on putting everyone that could get the job, through a series of tests that they would have to face with the real job.
We got hundreds of resumes from some that had some great graphic work to some that have fun pictures to look at, and some that really said some great things about their goals and such. But only a few of them really stood out from the rest.
The other day I came across this awesome website that really spells out what it means to get a job in 2013.
A word to the wise – don’t apply to a hundred companies, instead create a list of companies that you actually find really interesting. Be specific about what you’re looking for. Narrow down your interests, your goals and your skills. You will end up spending a considerable amount of time with a company so find one that’s right for you.
If you’re not different then you’re boring.
Don’t be boring. Most applications companies receive are a resume with a cover letter attached, but there’s no rule saying yours has to. Surprise them by including a poster, a song you’ve written, a video, or something else made specifically for that company. You have about 15 seconds to catch the attention of the person looking through applications. Make yourself stand out.
And of course be yourself, but you need to stand out somehow…you need something that makes you genuine and shows that you have true integrity. We found out that degrees don’t always mean everything, sometimes it just takes the person who has that little something that makes them the right fit for the job.
What are some things you do when gearing up for finding that perfect job?
What are some things you do could do differently?
Any sites you know of that are thinking ahead of the times?