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How to Become a Top Candidate with Adele Leach - Career Coach (part 2)

  • Publish Date: Posted about 5 years ago
  • Author:by Adele Leah

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We are very lucky to have Adele Leah with us this week who is a career coach and mentor.

In part 2, of this 2 part interview, Adele breaks down her top 10 tips to become a top candidate.

Want to move forward in your career and wondering how you’ll land your next role?

Don’t let the thought of a difficult job search put you off. And don’t fall into the common jobseeker’s trap of rushing to update your resume and applying for anything and everything out there! Instead, follow these 10 tips to stand out from the crowd, and position yourself as a top candidate for roles that would be a perfect fit for you. Here are your top ten tips to job search success. 

1.    Reflect on your experience and passions to get clear on what you’re really good at, what you enjoy most, and what you want to do more of. You need to be able to clearly articulate your skills, strengths and the value you’d bring to potential employers.

2.  Research companies and roles that would be right for you. You want to be specific about the kind of working environment you’re looking for (this shouldn’t just be “a nice company with a fun culture”!) Think about the skills you want to develop and the kind of company culture and structure that would suit you.

3.    Refresh your resume. Given that job postings can prompt at least 50-100 resumes from aspiring applicants, a quick resume update probably isn’t going to cut it here. Make sure that your resume compellingly highlights your key skills, strengths and achievements, and is clearly targeted toward the kind of roles and companies you’re most interested in.

4.   Rehearse your interview responses so you’re confident and comfortable talking about your experiences. Don’t leave it until the interview to decide on your career stories or what you want to highlight in your portfolio.  Have your key accomplishments and some interesting details top of mind, ready to roll off your tongue.

5.    Be professional! When you apply for roles, you’ll be receiving lots of phone calls and emails, so have a professional-sounding voicemail and appropriate-looking email address. Be sure to check them regularly, and if ever the phone rings when you’re not in a position to speak, let it go to voicemail. You can call back when you’re more prepared, know who you’re speaking to, and have information about the role you applied for handy.

6.   Try to relax. Interviews can be nerve-racking, but the more you’re able to relax in them, the better you’ll be able to articulate your experience. And if your interview is with a recruiter, remember that they’re there to help you! (Though also remember that with a recruiter as with a hiring manager, you should always aim to present your best self!)

7.  Respect people’s time. Don’t be late or too early for the interview, and thank your interviewer(s) for their time by following up on your meeting with a thank you email.

8.    Strengthen your connection with your interviewer(s) by connecting with them on LinkedIn. Even if you aren’t successful in your application for that role, you’ll remain in their network. The good impression you made during your interview may stand you in good stead for other potential roles.

9.    Keep organized records. Keep a record of which recruiters you’ve registered with, along with what roles they discussed with you.  You don’t want to apply more than once to the same role or keep sending your resume to the same recruiter.

10.    Lock down your references. If all goes well, your references need to be ready for people to contact them.  Make sure that they know you’ve listed them as a reference, and that you put people down who will be happy to give you a glowing recommendation!

About Adele Leah

Adele Leah is a career transition strategist and career development coach with twenty years’ experience in the recruitment and coaching industry. With a gift for rescuing people from jobs they don’t fully enjoy, she’s a slayer of limiting beliefs, a champion of “I love my job” syndrome, and a believer in you deserving a better career. She works with people feeling stuck, unhappy, or lost in their jobs to help them transform their wild career dreams into living, breathing REALITY.

Adele specialises in the UK, US and Australian job markets, where she’s placed thousands of candidates in positions that harness their unique skillsets, passions, and ambitions. When she’s not helping job seekers break into the careers of their dreams, she’s hiking in the Italian mountains, running the occasional marathon, and entertaining her energetic one-year-old daughter.

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Adele has been very kind and put together a PDF guide to accompany this episode.  You can download your own copy here.

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