Positioning Yourself to Win the Right Job

Some people have all the necessary qualifications to be hired, but just need to be pointed in the right direction.

I am writing this blog because there are many people out there that looking for a job or trying to find a better one. Most of them do not know how to get started or even if it is the right step for them. I now work with many people to position them to better win the job they always wanted, and I have found that some of them lack understanding of how the hiring process works.

My background as a senior engineer, a business owner and business insider has given me the ability to provide a unique perspective from the inside, then consultant who have only worked on the private sector side. My experience is from an insider’s perspective on the companies side. I was the one selecting and hiring many candidates. I don’t claim to know everything about the recruiting and hiring business, but I have spent many years involve in this process.

If you are thinking about going out on your own, you can, but only if you know how the recruiting process works.

Employers, companies, businesses and any federal or private organization uses an internal or external recruiter to help them in recruiting. The recruiting companies charges the hiring employer 15 to 25 % of the annual salary for that employee as a one-time fee. So, let us look at the process from the recruiters perspectives. For example, a recruiter places you at a salary of $100,000 per year. The recruiting company charges your new employer 20% of your salary. So the recruiting company generates $20,000 in revenue. But if a recruiter places you at a salary of $50,000 per year. The recruiting company charges your new employer 20% of your salary. So the recruiting company generates $10,000 in revenue. What does this mean? It means, recruiters in your side.

The recruiting companies attempt to employ a full and open completion. However, in many cases, to speed up the process of recruitment, they set aside many applications. In a perfect world, the recruiting  agency or employers would fill positions based on qualifications. If the recruiter/HR find few candidates fulfilling the requirements, they will not even look at the other applications. They might even not see your  resume.

CV is our marketing tool and it is our call to get it noticed. Here are my thoughts about writing an effective CV:

The most important key in writing a CV is emphasizing on the part of your key qualifications that the employers are in need for. Applying with the same CV every time is taking us nowhere. If the job demands academic background, high spot that part at the beginning and if the job required a solid experience, get the attention and highlight your strong experience at the start. In real life, HR and hiring managers are dealing with thousands of applications and all what they have is few seconds to look at your CV. If you do not high light the golden key they are looking for, they will not waste a second looking at your CV. This is the most important key in writing and updating your CV.

Detailed CV is important key for writing a noticeable CV:

No one have the time to search in your CV for details of what can you do for them. Your CV should explain how you can fit. Saying general terms like IT specialist or site project manager will not help you. Be specific and tell them what you can do exactly. Most of us highlight what we have accomplished during our many years of experiences and do not project this on what we can do. The new employers want to know why they should hire you. Show them how the experience you have will benefit their companies. Highlight how much time and money you saved and revenues increased.

Stick to one format; Chronological or functional:

If you pick chronological layout, make sure to lists your work history to date and should include current job, business’s name and position, dates of engagement, and achievements. If you pick functional format CV, list appropriate involvements with less emphasis on consecutive order or details. This format should comprise capability, skills and achievement applicable to the opportunity applied for. For this format to be efficient, you need to know exactly what is the future job is looking for. In general, emphasizing on the most recent job helps to demonstrate you better, write related knowledge’s to the job you are applying for, highlight talents, strengths and accomplishments. Finally, Work experience example is what the new employer loves to read.

For young professional without experience, I always recommend showing the skills they have learned in school or during internship experience are transferable skills to the new job they are applying for. Great examples are preparing detailed reports; research capabilities, communication skills and time management are something to talk about in student CV. Remember keep it Short 150-200 words.

How Do I look for A Job?

  • Look for the job you have been doing, or you are qualified for.
  • Decide the location where you want to look for a job. Research the job market in that area before you make up your mind. Study the living cost, schools..etc.
  • Look for a companies doing a work in your field in that area. Look carefully. Go to government websites to look them up. Websites, social media, reviews, any possible information will be helpful.
  • Research projects, leads, news of your industry in that area. Start building your  database about everything related to your industry  in that area.
  • If you have to move between countries, look up rules, regulations, licensing information and requirements before even you might waste your time. The time visa requirements, or licensing procedures take longer than what you think.
  • Looking for a job is the easiest part. Companies usually advertise directly, or through recruiting agency about any jobs. Do your research and do not rush applying.
  • Look up employees in the company and try to connect with them in social media.
  • Introduce yourself right. Never send them a message next day asking for help.
  • Ask for an email. Do not use social media messaging to communicate with them.
  • Share your resume or CV with them only if you know they have job opening and you have established kind of professional relationship.
  • Read carefully. Be sure to understand the job description.
  • Apply only if you fit in that job.
  • Let your connections inside the company know that you have applied for a job posted by the employer they work for. Do not push for reference. They will help if they can.
  • If you are not selected to the job, make sure to send a thank you letter.
  • If you are selected for an interview, get ready and agin make sure your connections inside the company know.
  • Review your previous work during the last few years. That is what they are going to ask about. Make sure to spend some time learning about the company.
  • Be your self when they call you. Just answer the questions. If you don’t know, just say you don’t know. Ask questions about the job and about the company.  Some one who does what you do will talk to you. So be yourself!
  • Practice if possible with some friends.

I am hired. What shall I do?

Congratulations! Give the proper notice to your employer. Leave peacefully.

I hope this can be great use to you. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process or resume writing, I will be more than happy to answer them. I wish you all the best luck in finding your dream jobs.

Qusi Alqarqaz.


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