How to Land a Job: Tips from an Employer

How to Land a Job: Tips from an Employer


My name is Kim Marsh and I am the
regional learning manager for Canada, Amazon Canada The first piece with a resume is you need to look at that job posting and you need to align what the posting competencies are to your skill sets and put that on your resume. The resume is a key marketing tool that helps you get your foot in the door, so
if you don’t assimilate with the culture and the verbiage of that company,
then they’re not going to see you as aligned. So what do I mean, if that
company is looking for top skill sets such as leadership, people development,
maybe data analyst aspects, then you need to put that on the top of your resume
saying data analyst, people leadership skills, developed 300 people over a course of three months and 30% were promoted into you know other leadership roles. These are the things you need to call in your resume, citing the exact example
they’re looking for and then an exact example of what you’ve done to achieve
that. I look quickly through, and I’m looking for top competencies that align with the posting if I don’t see an alignment I push it to the side but that
person can be amazing and have those competencies but they’re not aligning
with what I’m looking for they’re just more focused on maybe they all the
things they’ve done in their life or the adventures they had or what’s important
to them. You need to speak to the employer, so match your your resume to
the exact competencies even write the same word, the verbiage, into your resume. The biggest mistakes in resumes they would be crowded too much information on it again they want to talk about all the great things they’ve done all the jobs
they’ve had if they have you know a lot of jobs, but then they don’t relate
to the the position so yes progression is important to show within a company if
you moved up through there those are good to show but if you’re applying for
a finance role and then you say “Hey I worked at Swiss Chalet.” but you were a server how does that relate it might not be value add. So you have to make sure
that you’re keeping your resume short sweet, to the point but it exactly
matches that job posting A star interviewer will speak my
language so they’ll come out off from the gate noting a few of the
competencies that I’m looking for so if the top competencies are leadership,
people development knowing how to have a bias for action, it’s an Amazon principle
or hire and develop the best, then they’re going to look at those
leadership principles within the company know what those mean and then give
examples to those. So one, I’m hearing they’re speaking the same language so
I’m like oh hire the best oh the leadership competency and I I helped
resolve a conflict with two employees and this is how I did it
then they’ve piqued my interest because they’re now speaking what I’m looking
for. To summarize it know the company, know the mission and values and how they resonate with you and know the competencies that they’re looking for and have very specific examples and speak that language You must practice, you must prepare, do you not think you can walk into an interview and think off
the top of your head it just doesn’t work out in your favor
unless you maybe you know the person and you’re going to get the job, but roles
are very competitive so you need to be prepared. Know the company, know the
missions and values, what you’re passionate about and then write out
three to five examples of actual things you did. Did you solve a problem you
worked on a project what was the outcome you worked on a conflict resolution
between people, or a conflict resolution between departments in a company and
how did you resolve that. Write each of those examples out, indicate what the
issue was, what’s the action – so what did you do about it, and what was the outcome and be specific about what you did and stay away from fluff words like I’m
strong and I’m an excellent communicator you have to actually share an example of
how you’re an excellent communicator maybe it’s someone that gave you
feedback like a boss maybe they asked you to job shadow
someone these are the examples that you have to provide to validate your
experience of why you’re strong in these certain aspects and you need to write
four or five out to be ready for that interview

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