Few of us work in the same job our entire lives. In fact, according to Forrester Research, today's youngest workers will have between 12 and 15 jobs during the course of their lifetime. For most of us, this means that we should get really good at developing great job-seeking habits.
According to Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at talent acquisition software provider iCIMS, the following five habits of highly successful job applicants will help put you at the front of the job applicant pack every time.
1. Know the company's mission
When you know what the organization stands for, you can better picture how you will fit within its mission and culture. To find out what a particular company's mission is, check out the "About Us" or "Our Difference" section on the organization's homepage. Next, practice your responses to popular interview questions to highlight how your previous experiences make you a strong fit within that company's mission.
2. Be the candidate the company is looking for
You can't be everything to everyone, but how do you fit into the specific traits that the organization identifies as key to its success? Reviewing the company's career page and corporate culture will give you the insight needed to be the candidate the company is looking for. You'll gain the upper hand if you can describe how your past successes exemplify the organization's core competencies.
3. Read the company's press
Has the firm been active with product or technology launches or quiet for the past month? Clever candidates will read up on the company's performance and be able to speak about it and the impact on the company's future--and how you propose to contribute to it.
4. Know what's happening in the industry
After you've read the company's press, take the next step and find out who the other players are in the organization's space and what makes this company better. A few strategic Google searches can make you more knowledgeable about the firm's clients and competitors. The more you know about the firm and its clients and competition, the better the company will like you.
5. Get to know your future colleagues
Many companies outline their organizational structure and leaders, which is a great way to get to know them in advance. A quick search on LinkedIn will give you a good sense of whom you might be working with and what they value and how they position their professional experiences. Not only will you be able to prep some speaking points about your past experiences, you'll be even more confident when you meet the hiring team.