How To Get A Job Interview (…7 Tips to Stand Out!)
How to get a job interview
There are always great candidates applying for jobs at Bluewire Media and we’re often asked,“how do you decide who the best ones are?”
Well we’ve developed a recruitment process that is designed to appeal to the type of people who will thrive in a job at Bluewire Media.
And what do we recommend to our applicants? We have these seven (7) tips to help you get a job interview.
1. Write your cover letter from scratch
We understand that it is common to be applying for several different jobs, but it really makes a difference if you write a fresh cover letter. Keep it short though!
Also it’s wise to use the words YOU and YOUR more than I and MY. Tell us what you bring to the table and how you’re actually going to be valuable to the company.
BAD EXAMPLE: “Whilst I have little experience, I am ready to learn and I’m very hardworking.”
[Why? Too many Is, not enough YOUs, boring…. and what are you actually bringing to the table?]
GREAT EXAMPLE: “You’ll get an enthusiastic person, keen to learn how you do business and eager to develop new skills to help your company win more new clients.”
[Why? Plenty of YOUs, plus you’ll help us “win new clients” – wow that’s got my attention!]
PS. Proofread your letter – it speaks volumes if you demonstrate that you care enough to have a typo-free cover letter and use correct English grammar!
2. Have a ONE (1) page resume
Yep, your entire resume on one A4 page. If you make the effort to summarise your resume onto one page, you’ll be seen favourably by the person who has to sort through all the applications. You don’t need to tell us everything about yourself – just pick the best bits!
Incidently, Bluewire Media has its 25 year strategic plan on one page, so I’m sure you’ll be able to fit your CV on one page.
3. Provide specific examples of what you’ve done
On your application form, you’ll be asked to add comments to describe some of your experiences. Be as specific as you can and answer all the questions that are asked.
BAD EXAMPLE: “I worked as a checkout operator and reported to the store manager.”
[Why? It doesn’t really say too much about what you learned]
GREAT EXAMPLE: “As a checkout operator at Coles for 12 months, I was on the ‘front-line’ of customer service and dealt with hundreds of people every day. As you could imagine all sorts of challenges arose and I am proud to say I managed to handle nearly all of them alone. However when I was out of my depth, I learned a lot from asking the duty manager to whom I reported.”
[Why? It demonstates you can think for yourself and also that you are comfortable asking for help and learning from others!]
4. Get a LinkedIn Profile
Your LinkedIn profile is one the best ways to get in front of potential employers like us. Be sure to include your work history, your interests, your education, add your photo, get endorsements and get ready to be noticed!
All Bluewire staff are registered on LinkedIn and you’re welcome to make contact with us! It also allows you to search for jobs for free and it will show you how you are connected to people within the organisation that has posted the job.
5. Follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, watch us on YouTube & subscribe to our blog
It shows you’re interested enough in our company to find out a more about us. There is so much more than just the website (which is mainly client focused). You can see pictures, videos and reports from Bluewire’s social functions and see what we are like.
If you follow us, we can also reciprocate and follow your tweets or blog posts which is another way to showcase your talents!
Here are Bluewire Media’s social network sites
6. Feel free to do something original to surprise us!
Of course feel free to do something original to surprise us!
Some good ideas I’ve heard of or that we’ve seen include:
- Posting a YouTube introducing yourself and emailing it to us.
- Finding out if we know people in common (hint: Facebook, LinkedIn, clients, staff…) & asking them to endorse you.
- Laying out your cover letter like the front page of a newspaper!
I’m sure you can think of some beauties too.
7. Tell us what your dream career is
Be honest because our philosophy here is “do what you love.”
For some that is to design websites for exciting clients with great colleagues. You may want to learn how a business operates and start your own one day. Perhaps you want to work for a year to save up and spread your wings overseas. Maybe you’d like to work only 3 days a week and learn French. Maybe you’d like to run Bluewire one day or perhaps you just don’t know yet!
Whatever it is, your personal development is important to us & we’d love to help you make it a reality! You could even create your dream ‘job scorecard’.
We understand that you are likely to work for many different companies during your careers, but if we can make that time working at Bluewire Media as fun and fulfilling as possible then we will all walk away winners!
Those are our 7 tips on how to get a job interview!
If you do all these things, you’ll stand a great chance of getting a job interview! When you do come in for an interview, we’ll then share all the benefits of working at Bluewire Media. We’ll also discuss how we can help you carve out your dream career and allow you to do what you love!
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I am interested to hear what recruiters, employers and job seekers think about these tips.
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