15 Facts a Job Seeker Should Know
86% of employers look at soft skills to be one of the top reasons why they hire someone.
Between 70% & 80% of all jobs are filled through word of mouth.
Keep your network list up to date and make sure to ASK your former co-workers, family, and friends, if they know of any openings.
When doing your resume remember - Most all hiring managers prefer measured accomplishments in the areas of...
- QUALIFICATIONS - why should they hire you?
- WORK EXPERIENCE - chronological work experience (minimum of 10 years and no gaps)
- EDUCATION & SPECIALIZED TRAINING OR CERTIFICATIONS - Keep current and keep relative
Approximately 90% of all hiring manager ask others in the department for advice on hiring decisions. The point is, smile and be friendly with everyone you meet in the parking lot, the front desk, people you pass in the hall, sitting in the reception room, etc. Being courteous and respectful to everyone is the RIGHT way to be.
In today's market you might expect a minimum of five interviews or more before receiving an offer.
Hiring managers believe that about 1/3 of job candidates lie or leave jobs off their resume. Remember, honesty is always the best policy. The gaming industry is a privileged industry and your employer WILL do a background investigation.
Remember, if you are the first person interviewing... the interviewer may not recall in detail what you talked about AND you wind up as the benchmark. You must make a positive and an outstanding impression or you may be knocked off the hiring list early. You must be extra memorable if you are the first person interviewing.
The top five qualities that interviewers look for in a candidate, aside from successful experience, are honesty, enthusiasm, likable personality, excellent listening and verbal skills.
ALWAYS… Research the company and the job so you can discuss how your skills fill the bill. You'll stand out from the competition in a positive way.
Think of words that describe you and remember them. For example; respectful, teamwork, flexibility, creative, detail-oriented, reliable and self-motivated. Be able to describe how you have these skills and prepare to give specific examples.
Do not just talk about duties and responsibilities… like on a job description. Most important….talk about accomplishments. Talk about specifics, especially budgets, revenue increase, money earned, saved, or responsible for… talk about MEASURED ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
Always send a Thank You note. You can recap high points of the interview as a reminder of who you are and clarify anything you thought of…AFTER leaving the interview… and we all do.