As I thought about 2017 and what my “theme” would be for the year, I remembered a video I had seen once about “The One Degree Of Difference.” Essentially, it means to be just a little better than you were before at every little thing you do, and in the end, you will see a significant improvement. This applies to all facets of life: work, family, relationships, and of course, your job search. What can you do above and beyond your normal daily routine to turn your job search into your dream job? Here’s are a few places you can start:
- Have a “fluid” resume
While you might have a great resume that highlights all of your various skills and experiences, that just won’t cut it in 2017. A giant, comprehensive book of everything you’ve done is virtually impossible for a Hiring Manager or HR Rep to sift through in order to find your relevant information. You should be adjusting your resume for every opportunity you apply to. No two job opportunities are the same! Once you’ve made the adjustments, take your resume and the job description to a third party (family, friend, networking acquaintance) and have them judge them for relevancy.
- Focus your job search
The shotgun approach to applying for jobs is going to get you left behind this year. You cannot apply to any and every job that *kind of, sort of* matches your skill set. Research the Hiring Managers for every company you want to work for and send your resume directly to them. Or better yet, call a great recruiter (that’s me) and work with them on getting your resume into the hands of the hiring manager. The last thing you want is for your hard-earned, personalized resume to go into the black hole of nothingness when you apply to a company on their website. You all know what I’m talking about…
- Research (I mean REALLY research) the companies you apply to
Most importantly, you need to make sure you do your research on the company and the potential new boss. You don’t want to be one of the average people that comes in to an interview and has done a quick scan of the company website while in the parking lot waiting for the interview. (You wouldn’t believe how many people still do this.) You want to invest time and understanding in your future by doing the research and making sure this is the right opportunity for you.
We live in America, the “land of opportunity.” All you have to do is work for what you want and you can earn it. It doesn’t matter how you got the interview, there is never a guarantee that you will be getting an offer. You have to show them that you want it more than anyone else and you have the skills it takes to get it done. You don’t have to be x-number of degrees better than anyone, you just need to be one degree better than the best. The more areas you have the extra “one degree,” the better candidate you will be. All it takes is one degree of difference to change your 2017 job search into your dream job.