Whether you're a recent college graduate or an experienced professional- landing a job in today's economy is hard. But fortunately there are tricks to getting the interview- and tricks to getting the job.
"I'm a believer in hiring for attitude and training for skills," says Bruce Zanca, SVP, Chief Marketing and Human Resources Officer.
To get hired or even get the interview it's important to use your referral network.
"When you're looking for something you should tell everyone that you know, everyone in your professional and personal network that you're looking for a job. And you should ask them after you've talked to them, to introduce you to other people."
By doing this you're opening up doorways of communication and opportunities.
Another important factor to be aware of is your cover letter.
"In the cover letter what you want to be able to do is to have the essence of who you are as a candidate and what you bring." "I want to see things in the kind of lead in the cover letter, not what you're looking for but what you can bring to the job."
Include things like work ethic, your proven track record, and personality attributes that would work well with their open position.
After you have your cover letter written for the appropriate job, then you can work on your resume.
"I think too many people make the mistake in a resume of just putting the chronological experience of the position they've had but it doesn't give the target audience an impression of who they are and what they can bring to it."
Explain what you did at your last position and include numbers and statistics to back it up. Also include projects you completed.
When your networking skills, resume and cover letter land you the interview, make sure you're prepared.
"It amazes me how many people come to an interview and don't know anything about the company. I'm always impressed if someone comes and says, oh I looked on your LinkedIn profile and I saw your background and oh, I see that you've worked with so and so for a long time."
And have questions and a brand statement about yourself ready for the end of the interview.
"If you don't get asked the question that you want, you can answer their question and then bridge to your communication objective about telling who you are."
For more information about getting a job and preparing for an interview, check out Bankrate.com. I'm Theresa Heintz.