If there's one thing you should do before investing your time and resources on an application, it's research. Choosing a company to bet your career on shouldn't be a decision you take lightly. Most companies have a career website that provides insight into their company culture and important information about their business.
Here are some tips:
- Network your way into a career opportunity. Employee referral is one of the most effective paths into a company. We recommend that you practice networking skills with others in your industry. Check your LinkedIn connections for current employers of the company that you’re interested in. Ask if they’re willing to refer you for an open position. Most companies look at a resume that comes from a current employee, as it's coming from a trusted source.
- Do your homework before your interview. Be sure to research news about the company and the business group for which you are interviewing. Knowledge about the group or position gives you an edge in your interview. Bonus points if you can articulate how your experience compliments what the company does. On the other hand, if you don’t know much about the company, it's harder for you to sell why you’d make a great fit.
- Don’t apply to everything. Recruiters can see all the positions you’ve applied to for their company. If you apply to too many positions, it gives recruiters the impression that you haven’t thoroughly considered each position. It's better to apply for five jobs, instead of 30 jobs that don’t match your skills. A strategy to apply for everything, is unsuccessful in a competitive market.
Best of luck with your job search.