Your Resume Is the Key To Selling Yourself to a Potential Employer
Competition for the best jobs, particularly in a slowing economy, is intense. Hiring managers often receive hundreds of resumes for a single open position. Taking the time to prepare a superior resume is the key that unlocks the door to your next opportunity.
Elite Search Group has over 50,000 resumes on file. We’ve worked with hundreds of hiring managers and have a good grasp on what works on a resume and what does not. We’re happy to review your resume before sending it out to a potential employer.
Your high-performing resume should include:
Interviews Are an Opportunity to Showcase Your Experience
You’ve already impressed the company with your resume, cover letter, and reputation. The interview is your chance to display your interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for the opportunity. Therefore, you should only interview for positions you feel would be a great fit for you and the company.
Here are a few hints for how to prepare for a job interview:
Research the company.
Make sure you know key facts, like:
- Important personnel
- Products and services
- Size (number of employees and sales)
- Organizational structure
- Major competitors
- Outside perspective of the company
- Latest news reports
Research the interviewer.
Make sure you know the correct pronunciation of their names.
Be prepared for standard interview questions.
Make sure you are ready to answer questions such as:
- Why do you want this role?
- What is your expected compensation range?
- What marketable skills do you have to offer the company?
Resign With Style
You’ve been highly professional during the interview process, and you’ve landed the job. Now it’s time to be just as professional resigning from your current employer. Make an appointment with your manager immediately after the offer letter is signed and your background check and drug test are complete. Postponing your resignation is like postponing a dentist appointment; you only succeed in letting the situation get worse while you suffer the pain a bit longer. The objective of giving notice is informational. This is not an exit interview and not the time for emotion.
Here are some best practices for resigning:
Give notice in person.
If face-to-face isn’t possible, resign by telephone or Zoom. Do not resign by email.
State your intention within the first 30 seconds of speaking with your manager. Let your boss know up front that you are not at liberty to discuss where you are going, what you will be doing there, or how much they are paying you. Your new employer would likely prefer everything to stay confidential until the start date for internal reasons.
Share your good news.
Tell a few close colleagues, employees, or customers about your new position and let your boss know you did. It creates momentum and keeps you optimistic and strong.
Do not give more than two weeks’ notice.
More than two weeks sends the message to your new boss that you live in the past, not the future. Two weeks is professional and sufficient.
Submit a written letter.
Your resignation letter needs to be short and to the point. When a member of the President’s Cabinet resigns, their resignation letter is sometimes only two sentences.