Show Employers How Awesome it is to Work with You
When you're looking for a new job, you'll be reaching out to your network, former colleagues, employers, and recruiters. You will be juggling a lot of balls in the air at once. This requires a new level of attention and focus that you haven't had to execute for some time. You'll be performing at your current job while devoting additional time to your future job. Both will be demanding and require significant time out of your already cram-packed day.
Four Tips that Will Help You Stand-Out in the Job Search Process
1. Make Yourself Available
If recruiters and hiring managers have difficulty reaching you, you'll be forgotten. Most employers won't chase candidates trying to get them to respond. If you're overly difficult to reach, this will be interpreted as a lack of interest in the position. If's better to let employers know the best way to reach you and do your best to be as responsive as possible.
2. Don't Hide Your Enthusiasm
Feeling lukewarm about a role can happen. But if you're generally enthusiastic about an opportunity, let the hiring manager know. Don't leave them guessing about your interest level. Send thank you emails after all interviews and express your interest in the position and the company. Make yourself available to interview and do your homework on the organization.
3. Describe and Demonstrate What You Have to Offer
Focusing too much on what you will be getting out of a new employer too often and too early can crush your chances of getting an offer. If you're in sales, know what you bring to the table. Demonstrate through the interview process your core strengths and be specific. Come armed with examples of times you've won deals and the revenue numbers you've been able to generate for your employers. Give specific examples of companies you've worked with, people you've sold to, and who was involved in the buying process.
4. Start Building Relationships with Prospective Employers Before You Get an Offer
When exploring a new opportunity, find out what the biggest challenges will be, gather different perspectives on the organization, get to know the people you'll be working with. Investing time in the interview process is as much for you as it is for employers. The more you know, the better you'll be able to evaluate the opportunity. So instead of getting upset if the company wants to meet with you one more time, look at is as an investment in your future. The more you know about your next employer, colleagues, or future boss, the better!
Stand out Attitude Required for Top Sales Roles
Your attitude will play a big part in your career. If you focus on the positives of each situation, you'll be more likely to attract winning organizations and plum jobs. But if you despise the interview process, make it difficult for people to reach you, or begrudge meeting "one more time" you'll miss out on extraordinary opportunities. There will always be a line a mile long for high-paying roles. Get to the front of it and use these ideas to seize an opportunity when it comes your way.