Archive for September, 2014
Whether you are one, have worked for one, or simply know one, you are probably well aware of the entrepreneur’s mentality. And if not, seek one out because one great way to succeed in the job search process is to think like an entrepreneur. Put yourself in the shoes of a business owner who focuses mostly on the bottom line.
It’s Not Personal, It’s Business.
Looking at the hiring process from an entrepreneur’s perspective keeps you focused on the fact that entrepreneurs and employers are looking for a return on their investment. That’s what you are to an entrepreneur – a potential investment of X dollars a year in total compensation. And for that investment, your part – no matter what the position you are applying for – is to help the business succeed and make money. The investment in you should yield net financial benefits to the company.
Count to six. One-one-thousand, two-one-thousand… and when you get to six, that’s it. Six seconds is how long, on average, a recruiter will look at your resume. This is not according to some sort of sick tracking system we at Willory have on our computers, but rather a national study among recruiters conducted by The Ladders.
Six seconds is how long you have to make an impression to get to the next step. Because make no mistake, your resume exists to not only serve as an overview of your background, but serve as a tool to land the interview.
Congratulations – you’ve sent your resume, achieved a first, second, and maybe even third interview and you’ve gotten a job offer.
So the tables are turned – to quote George Costanza, you now have “hand” in this relationship. With an offer, before you have accepted, now is the time to smartly negotiate.