Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What Matters If You Are Equally Qualified

Did you know that for every professional position open, there are at least five highly qualified candidates? At the height of the recession, the number used to be 7. It is really tough out there! What then can you do to stand out from the herd? Here are some suggestions: 1. The resume should be effective, showing a Problem-Action-Result orientation, targeted to a specific job you are applying for. 2. A good cover letter should be personalized, asking for an interview and ending on an optimistic note. 3. Between two equally qualified candidates, it is proven that the candidate who writes the thank-you note gets the job offer. (You may be surprised to learn that less than 10% of the candidates send a thank-you note promptly.)