10 Ways to Success

10-ways-to-success1. Sell yourself

Share your accomplishments. A great way to sell yourself is in your cover letter. Include a “P.S.” at the end of your cover letter. Why? The “P.S.” always gets read. The trick is including one so intriguing, employers won’t have any choice but to call you to learn more.

2. Have a goal before you apply

Always have a clear job search goal in mind, preferably, a specific job title at a specific company. Embarking on your search without a specific destination is like going to the airport without a ticket.

3. Put a figure to it

Figure out how much you are worth by looking at salary resources. You will be able to negotiate pay, benefits and other perks much better if you know what others in your field earn.

4. Prove claims in your résumé

Testimonials are incredibly effective sales tools. In your résumé, include two or three brief quotes from clients or managers. For extra credibility, include the year each comment was made – the more recent, the better.

5. Know the company

With all the information available on the Internet today, no job seeker should go into an interview without thorough understanding of the company. If you know nothing, it will show in the interview.

6. Give employers reason to hire you

When you follow up after the interview, include something that shows the employer how great you are for the job.

7. Be prepared

Bring a résumé and a list of references. Be early, be bright, be professionally aggressive and thankful for the interview.

8. Think for the employer

Never assume the employer will know what job is best suited for you, the specific value of what you have done before or what salary you are worth. You have to figure that out for them.

9. Use an angle

If the company is a competitor to a company you worked for, try to get an insider to recommend you to the hiring manager. If you know someone there, use your knowledge to open a door. Having someone else champion your candidacy is the hook that is needed to get you the job.

10. Plan for disaster

If you are prepared for disaster, such as job loss, you are in a much better position to get a new job quickly. Make sure your résumé is up-to-date and that you can reach your network contacts as soon as possible. Then, have a draft of speaking points that outline your accomplishments and the kind of opportunity for which you’re in the market.