Four cold hard truths about hiring

  1. Most job postings don’t make it to the public

Companies often hire from within and use referrals. This makes networking more important than ever. If you can be in touch with a company employee who hears about an opening, your resume can be presented at the beginning.

2. Your job search results aren’t always about you

The position may have gotten eliminated, filled my an internal applicant, filled by the owner’s friends’ son. You never know, but the important thing is to keep applying and networking. It only takes one!

3. Referrals are key

The most important thing you can do right now is build your network. Anyone in your direct network, and even second and third connections (LinkedIn is key), can share your resume with a recruiting or hiring manager. To ensure your resume does not land in a black hole, try to find someone who works at the company and connect with them.

4. Having the ‘right’ answer really isn’t as important to the hiring team as having an authentic answer

It’s ok if you don’t know an answer, it’s how you would go about finding it, or solving the problem. Do your research about the company and the industry, and if you don’t know the answer, let the interviewer know and be yourself. With the right attitude, enthusiasm and curiosity, the interviewer could forget about it.

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