Advice for Job Seekers: What You Need to Know

You need to know more than just how to fill out a job application. There’s plenty you can do to truly stand out from the candidate pool and find the job of your dreams.

Having Trouble Landing Your Dream Job?

Almost everyone who’s ever embarked on a job hunt knows how stressful the process can be. Sure, some people have connections and ready-made networks to dip into right after they get their degree, but that’s not the reality for most people. Applicants for any position often run into the same obstacles over and over again: time-consuming applications, unclear next steps, interviews that go nowhere—the list goes on. Enter Controller’s Group, Inc.

As the premier recruiter for financial and accounting positions in the Bay Area, we’re always looking for new ways to help our clients stand out from the crowd. And while we can help with a large portion of the legwork, there are ways that you can put yourself in a better position so that you’re prepared when the right opportunity opens up. In this blog, we’ll go over resume tips and tricks, job application and interview advice, and everything else you need to know to stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Job Application Form Advice: Tailor Your Resume for Every Job

Everyone’s looking for a job that makes sense for their skill set—so shouldn’t their skill set be a good fit for the job? Sending out a one-size-fits-all resume won’t garner the same results that a customized one will. A resume is still by far the most essential tool for landing a job, and you need to take the time to make sure it aligns closely with what’s expected of the chosen candidate. 

Look back at your work experience and find tangible examples of how you made a difference in your prior work settings, specifically ones that speak to how you could immediately make an impact in the new role.

Do the Research

“How would you fit in with your new team?” It’s a common question in interviews—and you better have an answer ready. But it’s not just about appeasing the interviewer; it’s about actually taking the time to consider how you could help drive change for your new company. After all, aren’t you trying to find a position where you can thrive? 

Learn about the company culture, the services they offer, their mission—anything that can help you not only stand out in an interview, but actually work effectively as soon as you start.

Don’t Abide by the Rules of the Waiting Game

You don’t want to seem pushy, but surely some of these companies could respond in a more reasonable timeframe, right? The fact of the matter is that they have a lot on their plate, and there’s not much you can do to change how hectic their schedule is. One thing you can control is your response to their situation. 

If you’re stuck in the endless loop of filling out an online application and waiting for them to reach out, it’s time to break the cycle. Reach out to internal recruiters directly or schedule informational interviews with other employees. This demonstrates initiative, and it’ll help you stand out from the boundless pool of applicants who simply send in a resume and wait around for a response.

Jumpstart Your Career With CGI

Take control of your future. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the world (and job market) will pass you by. If you want to start being assertive in your search, start your collaboration with the Bay Area’s premier finance and accounting recruiting team. Reach out to Controller’s Group, Inc. for more information today.

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