Every job seeker wants to find the perfect job, almost as much as every corporation wants to find the perfect candidate. At BestCompaniesAZ, our goal is to make that process easier by helping the BEST employers find the BEST candidates. We’ve conducted a great deal of research in this field, and have some tips and pointers to give job seekers every advantage for a successful outcome.
- Know Your Strengths and Transferable Skills
What makes YOU unique within the context of the job you are seeking? Are you creative? Systematic? Visionary? Organized? Flexible? Perfectionist?
- Research the Hiring Companies
Interestingly, while technical skills and experience certainly count high on the list of any employer, companies often place an even higher value on hiring candidates with the right personality to blend well with their corporate culture. Start by reviewing the company information online – just click on the company logo on our Events Page. If you like what you see, we have additional resources on our website to help you identify companies that best align with your values and interests.
- Review the Career Openings in Advance and Build Your Resume
Know the types of jobs that fit your skills, abilities and interests. Apply online prior to the event if you find a potential match. Although most hiring companies will not be able to collect resumes on site, we still encourage you to bring a supply with you to the event, and come prepared to collect business cards and take notes.
- Develop your “personal pitch” – Share your stories
With limited time at a career event you only have just a few minutes to “wow” the recruiter with your personal story and why you’d be a great fit for them. When employers ask about you, deliver a personal pitch that tells the employer in 30 – 60 seconds the following points:
- Manage Your Online Brand
Google yourself to see what comes up on the first few pages. Be aware of your online presence, because hiring companies are checking you out before they meet you in person. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is fully developed and expand your contacts through groups that connect to your field. Recruiters and employers are using social media sites to fill their positions. Make it easy for them to find you.
- Expand Your Network – Talk to friends and family
Award-winning companies receive thousands of resumes, but if someone comes referred by a friend or family member, they often go to the top of the list.
- Prepare and Practice
Practice telling your personal story to your family and friends. Create mock interview questions and review scenarios for each company of interest. From company websites you can explore company culture by watching videos, reviewing Facebook and Twitter channels, learning more about the leadership team and current press releases.
We wish you much success when you attend any of our Career Events throughout the year!