Word on the street is, we're hiring a part-time graphic designer to up our game. In honor of that, what better way to kick off the inauguration of our now-weekly blog than our five-step formula to landing your dream job:
Perfect the Email
Whatever company you’re contacting probably receives tons, maybe even hundreds, of emails a day. Given all the ones actually related to their day-to-day work, there isn’t much time to respond to cold emails or employment requests, which is why you have to make yours count. Our biggest pet peeves? A casual tone, zero research on who we are, too many exclamation points, and anything sent from your iPhone.
Triple-Check Your Resume
This is where a potential employer learns what you’re capable of, so it has to be perfect. Even if you don’t have work experience, make sure to add any volunteering you’ve done, clubs you’ve joined, or leadership positions held. Everything counts! Also, don’t be afraid to dedicate some extra time to altering it (not lying, just refocusing) to fit a certain job—it might just make a difference.
Spell it Out
Don’t send an email or go into an interview expecting to be told what they can do for you. Make it absolutely clear that you have value to add, and that the time and money spent on you would first and foremost make life easier on their end. A good way to practice this is to think of any questions they may have and answer them before they even have to ask.
“How are you?” and “Have a great day!” don’t just matter—they’re a make it or break it deal. Whether you’re spending four or 40 hours a week at work, it’s a lot regardless. If they can’t be with friends and family, people want to at least spend that time with someone they can like and respect. When faced between picking one of two equally qualified candidates, the employer will always pick the nicer one (and trust us, they will definitely remember who that was).
Say Thank You
If someone takes time out of their day to help you out with anything related to your career, it needs to be followed up with at least a thank you email but preferably a thank you letter (mailed the next day, of course). Doing so recognizes that their time is valuable and even if it seems extra to you, they’ll remember your thoughtfulness and be more likely to keep you in mind for future opportunities.