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5 Ways to Convince a Hiring Manager You’re a Serious Contender

Posted: 14/05/2012 5:00:00 AM by AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Energy, Job-seekers, Mining, Recruitment, Career-resources

Ever wonder how you can get the attention of a hiring manager? Do you wonder what you can do to show them you’re more dedicated, better prepared and potentially a better employee than the rest of the candidates going up for the same job? It’s not as hard as you might think.
Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet solution to convince a hiring manager you’re the right person for the job. The best place to do that is in the interview. Many qualified candidates are eliminated from consideration before they get a chance. So how can you gain influence?
It’s not one thing
Henry ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company said, “Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.” You can apply the same theory to your job search. The more things you do well, the more likely you’ll be to get that job.
5 things to put you ahead of the pack 
  1. Get your resume written by a professional. One of the hardest things you’ll ever do is describe your experience and talents in a way that’s attractive to a hiring manager. Even the most seasoned writers hate writing about themselves. Investing in a professional resume writing service is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Dig Deeper: Check out our resume writing service.
  2. Go for jobs that match your skill set. Applying for jobs you’re not qualified to do is a great way to end up in a reject pile. While there’s nothing wrong with being aspirational, you’re should never apply for a job you’re patently unqualified to do. If you haven’t been to university, don’t apply for an engineering role. If you’ve never picked up a welding torch, that welding job is off limits. Your goal is not to get your name in front of a hiring manager at all costs.
  3. Research is a great way to set you apart from other jobseekers. Make sure you investigate the company and the job on offer. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two of your time. Dig Deeper: Check out our How to Research a Job blog post.
  4. Look smart for your interview. The way you dress demonstrates your respect for the process and the person you’re meeting with. Show up like you’ve just rolled out of bed and chances are you won’t get the job. Dig Deeper: For a site interview read: Industry Advises: What to Wear to a Site Interview. If you’re interviewing in an office, read our blog post: Personal Presentation at the Interview
  5. Be prepared to talk about safety during the interview. The Australian resource industry has incredibly high safety standards. Even a whiff of indifference of the topic will take you out of the running of a new job. Dig Deeper: Read: Why Jobseekers Must Focus on Safety in the Interview
Gaining competitive advantage
Do all five of these things well and you’ll be ticking a lot of important boxes on a hiring manager’s checklist. Not only will you be demonstrating a good understanding of the process of getting a job, you’ll also be paying due respect to the person who has the potential to change your life. A lot of people are applying for jobs in the mining, oil, energy and gas sectors but they’re not all positioning themselves for success.

What else would you add to this list?

 More ways to improve your chances:

  • If you’re interested in working in the Australian resource industry, make sure to register for our Jobs Expo being held in Perth, 25-26 May.
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog. We’re publishing new information every day about employment in the Australian resource industry.
  • Lastly, if you’re looking for a job in mining, energy or oil and gas, make sure you visit our industry jobs board where we only advertise real jobs by real employers. 
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