How to Get Hired In 2020
Updated: Nov 8, 2020
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STEPS TO GETTING HIRED IN 2020 (Detailed Step-by-Step below)
Write An Eye-Catching Resume
Add Your Resume on LinkedIn
Add Skills and Ask for Recommendations
Get Learning on LinkedIn Learning and Add Certifications
Set Your Job Preference on LinkedIn and Have Recruiters Find You
Negotiate Pay Like a Pro
Be Super Hireable
How do you get to be that person that everyone is clamoring to hire?
Do you have to be able to fly from earth to Krypton in a nano second? Do you have to be able to have beams of light coming out of your eyes? Do you have to wear your underwear on top of your tights? YES! Yes you do! If the position called for someone who can save the world and be able to report the news, then, yes. This is non negotiable.
But for the rest of us, fortunately, that's not what we have to do.
Within a span of a few months, I've had more headhunters or recruiters offer me high-paying jobs--all this while at the height of the pandemic and chaos going on in the nation.
No, I did not apply for any jobs. I'm not connected in any way to these recruiters.
But I did do something different. Something that got me on their radar.
I began learning on LinkedIn learning
I wanted to learn everything I could learn about anything I wanted to learn, consequently acquiring certifications and added new skills to my repertoire.
And before I knew it, I began receiving messages on LinkedIn from recruiters and hiring managers wanting to get me an interview and some directly offering me a job.
I even had one very interesting and mind-boggling conversation with a headhunter that went something like this, "I've heard through my connections that you're in the market again. The company I represent really wants you on board and would love to speak with you."
What connections? What company knows me?
I was as confused as a penguin in a hot tub.
I thought only recruiters could see that I've made myself secretly open to conversing about the possibilities of moving to another company. Linked in has some splainin' to do!
It turns out education means adding to or improving on your existing skills. This is a very valuable commodity. For every skill you acquire you make yourself more hireable.
More skills make you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
When recruiters search to fill certain positions, they look for people with a specific set of skills. When you come up as a possible candidate based on keywords, they do more digging to find what makes you even more special.
I am not special
I am not the poster child of what you should do in the professional world.
I am a self-admitted job hopper. I've had all kinds of occupations that aren't related to each other. My university degree has absolutely nothing to do with my current job. And I like to add skills that technically have nothing to do with my current job.
So why am I a prized hog?
It all boils down to this: I can do so many things. A well-rounded person is a very valuable individual.
Jack of all trades, master of none sums me up. But in this day and age, this actually is as valuable as the one who masters one or two skills.
The reason being is that in a work situation you are several employees in one without the company having to pay several different salaries.
You technically save them a whole lot of money. Companies should be throwing a party in your honor--cakes, lights, champagne--the whole shebang!
I've had many situations where the companies I've worked for have asked me to do things that aren't in my job description, way outside my pay grade, and not on my listed skills on my resume.
But because I like to learn and dabble, I knew how to do the job they asked and went above and beyond what they asked for.
Let's just say, their minds were blown!
To be quite frank, I don't think they knew I could do it. They were just desperate to get it done so they asked the nearest person within their vicinity.
Unfortunately, I was it.
However, things like that make me a hot commodity. My pay rate grows higher every time. The more I know, the more valuable I am to a company.
The more valuable I am, the more pay I can command from any company that wants to lure me away from my current one.
Steps to getting hired in 2020
Finally, something useful to read! I get you and I got you covered.
1. Write an Eye Catching Resume
You may have worked as a hog dealer in your lifetime, but if you spin your job description with some fancy schmancy wordings, you'll look like a powerful commodities broker by the end of your resume.
No occupation is too small for any resume. But you need to see the importance of what you did and learned within that job.
For example, let's say you worked at a fast food restaurant, there is a much better way to word your resume.
DON'T WRITE THIS:
"Worked as a cashier and gave condiments to customers"
INSTEAD WRITE THIS:
"Oversaw and handled the point-of-sale systems and coordinated the distribution of products to customers."
Fancy that! Words make you more powerful.
But you actually need to see that you are more powerful in order to write it. A good way is to use effective action verbs to get your resume looking amazing.
Don't forget to add the skills that you know in your resume such as: computer programs/software, typing speed, social media, languages, etc.
And for the love of your reader's eyes, make sure your resume doesn't look like a jumbled mess! A good rule of thumb is--this isn't a big secret--copy good looking resumes you find online!
And I'm talking about the look of it, not the actual words.
Imagine if you copied James Bond's spy resume and the interviewer looking to hire for the Receptionist position reads it:
INTERVIEWER: Your resume states that you are able to do Parkour and leap from building to building while dismantling an AK-47 in mid-air?
YOU: Yes...this shows that I am incredibly versatile and can multitask.
INTERVIEWER: You have also been with 1,043 women in your lifetime?
YOU: Locally, no. Global total, yes, that is correct. I do well with international relations and client relationship management.
INTERVIEWER: You do know this is for a receptionist position, right?
YOU: [Silence for 5 seconds] My skills are transferable.
2. Add your resume on LinkedIn
Having a LinkedIn profile with your resume and skills helps you get found by recruiters.
I'm on different job sites, and LinkedIn is honestly where the recruiters are at.
Forget having to apply to jobs through Indeed, Careerbuilder, and other sites--you'll be the 924th faceless resume they've received for the week.
On LinkedIn, they see who you are, who you are connected to, what skills you've been endorsed in, and what things you're learning to improve yourself.
So go ahead and make yourself look super awesome and write about super awesome things about yourself.
Don't hold back. Brag. Seriously, brag.
But brag with a professional tone.
This is where you write about who you are, what you've accomplished, and what you're looking to achieve.
Some good examples of profile summaries are always a must to view so you know how others showcase themselves.
3. Add skills and ask for recommendations
Your skills are basically keywords for recruiters to find, so add as many skills that you are able to do
Any skills you currently have will up the chances of you being found. So make sure you add as much as you can.
Under the Skills & Endorsement section of your LinkedIn profile is a button that says "Add a new skill".
Click on it. Can't find it? Scroll all the way down.
There you go. You got it!
A way to get an endorsement for those skills you added is by endorsing someone in your contact list for their skills.
This is called the law of reciprocity--which states that if you do something nice for someone, they will have a deep-rooted psychological urge to do something nice back in return.
It works 98% of the time. The other two percent who don't participate in this unwritten universal law are just plain lazy.
Shame on them. Shame.
The same thing goes for recommendations. Give and it shall be given to you back. Ask, and if that person is nice enough, will give you a recommendation.
Make sure that person actually likes you and you know they will commend you for a job well done.
4. Get Learning on LinkedIn and Add Certifications
Learning is the key foundation to acquiring knowledge. Implementing what you've learned is what sets you to greatness.
There's no point in learning if you don't actually put what you've learned to use.
It'll just be a factoid in your brain. You'd be great at bar trivia games, but useless at the practicalities of life.
Let's say you're learning UX design on LinkedIn, if you just watched the courses and never made an actual prototype, you have nothing to show for.
And the likelihood of you remembering how to do UX design is minuscule, unless of course you are a savant.
Plus, having something to showcase actually increases your chances of getting hired.
You don't need four years of college and debt to your eyeballs to get a great paying job, you just have to have the drive to learn something you want to learn on your own.
So make sure you add your portfolio of what you've accomplished on your profile like an image or a video or a pdf presentation.
One of the great things about LinkedIn Learning is that after each course, you get a certification of completion, to which you can add on your profile and brag about it as a post if you choose to do so.
Bragging about it actually gets you noticed by recruiters. And you can add another skill to your already growing number of skills.
5. Set Your Job Preference on LinkedIn and Have Recruiters Find You
Even though your resume shows something different, let Recruiters know what you're looking for in a career.
This section can be found under Settings & Privacy. To access this area, click on your profile photo-->Settings & Privacy-->Data Privacy
Now go back to your profile and look right below your photo and title. There should be a box that says, "My next job should offer me:"
Click on the pencil to edit.
Yes there are times Recruiters are paying attention to what your preferences are but are just looking at your resume.
But it doesn't hurt to add what you're looking. Here's a video tutorial for both desktop and mobile.
You can also set it to make sure that only recruiters can see that you're open to a new job and not your current one.
This way, your boss won't give you that twitching evil eye and spike your coffee and donuts when you're not watching.
6. Negotiate Pay Like a Pro
Do not underestimate your worth. The key to negotiation is knowing your value and what you can contribute to any company.
Just because you used to be a hog dealer, does not mean what you learned from that past position isn't sought after.
For example, if you as a past hog dealer are now applying for a sales job, your skills of negotiating prices and trading, as well as understanding the buying psychology are very transferable.
Not everyone can sell, and not everyone knows the mind of a buyer and the mind of a seller, but you do!
How long you've worked in a similar position isn't as important as it used to be. What they want to see is if you can do the job, do it well, and can you fix problems should they arise.
It is highly recommended that you actually do a search of what the average salary in the nation for a position would be as well as the average salary for that position in your area so you know how much you can command.
Do not reveal your current or last salary
Do not under any circumstances let them know how much your current salary is or your last salary was.
This used to be the norm in the past, but it's actually prohibited by law for companies to ask you this question. Check your state for regulations here.
Even if your state or country doesn't prohibit this question, you should still not answer this question.
What I always do when they ask me this question or even the question, "What pay rate are you looking for?" I always answer with, "I do not take anything less than ________ (x amount)".
You need to know what you're not willing to take. The more confident you are about it, the more they know that you know you're worth a lot.
I make it a habit to give myself a raise every time I move from one job to the next. So let's say you made $40,000 in your last job or current job and when you're up for an interview with another company, and they ask you "What pay rate are you looking for?" You answer, "I do not take anything less than 60,000".
Or whatever amount you want.
Make sure it's reasonable. You'll know this by doing research on the industry and company and average pay for that position.
I've given myself huge raises every single time I moved to another company.
Remember this: when you work in a company for an amount of time, the likelihood of you getting a raise in that company that's pretty huge, is slim to none.
The only time I get a huge raise, is when I move to another company.
Yes, there are companies that are sticklers to loyalty and how long you've been in a certain place, and that you're not a job hopper.
But nowadays, this really doesn't matter. What matters to companies are the following:
You are a hard working person
You go beyond what you are asked to do
You work well with others
You have skills that are very valuable
You like to keep learning by adding skills or improving on existing skills
You're a problem-solver
People can't say enough great things about you
The bonus is, that you don't have to do much to get noticed on LinkedIn except learn and have fun learning.
The recruiters will come and find you. But if you're the go-getter type, then by all means apply to these jobs.
Actually a much better approach is to add Recruiters as contacts and send your resume to them. You'll have a much better chance than applying to the individual jobs.
Another technique is to search these terms on Google, "job recruiters". Then send your resume with your LinkedIn profile in your resume and cover letter and invite them to connect with you.
Make sure you mention your skills and certifications and that you're always adding new ones to make yourself indispensable.
And use the word "indispensable".
And that's really all there is to it. No having to apply to several jobs only to get rejected, no tricks. Just pure learning. If you learn things, they will come.
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