Successful Resumes make the difference
You’ve got the experience. You’ve got the skills. You could do the job with your eyes closed. And yet after the interview, the only call you get is “thanks but no thanks”.
You’re not alone. Hundreds of qualified, skilled, smart candidates are turned away after their first interview with a potential employer. As resume writers of Successful resumes in Australia, we know how to make you look good on paper and help secure that job interview. Then it’s up to you to win the interview and the job on offer. For some people, this seems like an impossible task. Time and again they walk away thinking, “I should have got that job. Why didn’t I?”
Here’s the secret. Because you didn’t prove that you are the right cultural fit for the organisation. Cultural fit doesn’t refer to your background, nationality or ethnicity. It refers to your likeability, and the potential for you to fit in with the organisation.
It can be difficult to predict what an employer is looking for. But with a little research and effort, you can definitely improve your chances.
Firstly, find out about the organisation before you write a good resume. Research their website, run a google search, read media releases and find them on social media. Try to establish an idea of the type of employees they need, the organisation’s values, and their working culture. You can also turn to LinkedIn for this – follow their company page, or look for opportunities to network with current employees.
Secondly, make sure you clearly demonstrate your personal attributes during the interview. Personal attributes, also called soft skills, include emotional intelligence, reliability, attitude, work ethic, personality style, organisational ability, and initiative. You have to make sure that these attributes are demonstrated and articulated throughout the interview.
1. It starts with presentation. If you are confident, pleasant and well-presented you will make an immediate positive impact.
2. You know you’re nervous – but take a moment to consider things from the interviewer’s point of view, and then make a concerted effort to put them at ease. When you flip the tables and make them the focus of your attention, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can build rapport with your interviewer.
3. Listen carefully to the questions you’re asked, and any of the accompanying information. Interviewers often give away cues about what they’re looking for in an answer. Are they trying to establish if you’re a clock watcher and eager to get out the door at 5pm? Or are they looking for someone who manages competing priorities effectively and doesn’t clock up unnecessary overtime?
4. Choose examples from your work history that demonstrate both your achievements and your soft skills. Make sure that you explain to the interviewer how you manage heavy workloads, help motivate your team, and offer support to your manager. Most importantly, try to use diverse examples that show your adaptability and willingness to work with all types of people at all levels.
Most importantly – and this is the most difficult tip to follow – try to be likeable. Ultimately, you want the interviewer to like you. You want them to see how you can add value to the organisation without threatening the existing culture or hierarchy (unless, of course, you work in change management where it is your job to drive cultural change). If the interviewer leaves that room feeling comfortable, you just might get a job offer rather than another rejection.