Finding a job and actually getting hired can take much longer than we all would hope. Here are a few tips help you land your dream job in sports and speed up the hiring process!
1. Always Write a Cover Letter
Though writing a cover letter is annoying and can eat up a lot of time, writing one tells potential employers that you are really interested in the position you're applying for and it is another way for you to highlight the skills and experiences from your resume that you really want to emphasize.
For more info: How to Write a Cover Letter
2. Modify Your Resume AND Cover Letter
There are a lot of people who will only modify their cover letter to appeal to the job they are applying for, but it is equally important to edit your resume as well. Trim some of the fat off your resume and really evaluate what your interviewers might want to see.
Your resume should be one page. Interviewers are busy and want your information in the best and most concise presentation.
In addition to reviewing your resume and cover letter, take some time to edit your LinkedIn and update your profile photo.
3. Give a Good Handshake
Don't underestimate the power of a good handshake. A study conducted by the University of Iowa found that "a handshake can improve the quality of an interaction, producing a higher degree of intimacy and trust within a matter of seconds." Additionally, "A Fortune 500 CEO once said that when he had to choose between two candidates with similar qualifications, he gave the position to the candidate with the better handshake." (The Daily Muse)
For more tips: Why Your Handshake Matters (and How to Get it Right)
4. Always Send a Thank You Note
If you're neck and neck with another candidate and you write a thank you note and the other candidate doesn’t, nine times out of ten they are going to hire you.
Your note doesn’t have to be long or forced, just let your interviewer/s know that you appreciate their time and consideration. Though we recommend brevity, your follow-up thank you message can be an opportunity to remind your interviews why you are qualified for the position you are applying for.
As hiring managers usually look to fill positions quickly, email is the best method to deliver your thank you as opposed to a handwritten note through the snail mail.
Need more advice? Here are a few Sample Thank You Notes and Email Messages
5. Dress the Part
Even if the company you are interviewing with is a casual environment, ALWAYS over dress. Dressing appropriately in business attire tells your interviewers you are serious about the job and will help you make a good first impression.
6. Be Confident
If you are being asked to do an interview, it is because evaluators have already seen something in your resume or cover letter that they like and are interested in learning more. You are unique and talented! Always remember to…
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