Get Hired in 2012! Learn How From a Google Recruiting Expert
The job outlook for 2012 is brighter, but high unemployment rates remain an issue. It’s not uncommon for companies to receive thousands of applicants for a single position. When you’re one applicant out of thousands, how do you make your resume stand out? How can you get prospective employers to notice you? In the year 2012, what does it take to get hired?
If you’re a frustrated applicant, there is hope. The top 25 companies to work for have more than 56,000 available jobs. At Google, the best ranked company to work for in 2012, there are 701 openings. If you’re ready to apply for one of these coveted positions, how do you ensure your resume isn’t deleted, sent to the recycle bin, or trashed?
Bryan Power is a hiring expert and has worked in various areas of recruiting at Google for more than six years. In my recent conversation with Bryan, he discusses what major companies look for in applicants and how you can make your resume stand out from the crowd.
Whether you’re unemployed, a recent college graduate, or unhappy at your current position, read a brief excerpt from our conversation below to find inspiration for your job hunt. Then, learn what it takes to get hired by listening to the full Bryan Power interview.
Robert: What are some tips you’d like to tell applicants out there who feel frustrated with the process of searching for work and need a little bit of hope and encouragement?
Bryan: I think a major area people can find encouragement from is networking. Generally speaking, you want to focus as much of your energy as you can on the things you can control. And so, when people start networking, I think the common mistake is they say, “I don’t know anyone who’s going to get me a job. And so, why bother networking?” The problem is it’s typically not that one person you know who will get you a job; it’s going to be someone connected to them in a way that you can’t anticipate.
So, you know, your neighbor is a professor and you’re like, “I don’t really want a job at a school, so why would I tell him the type of opportunity I’m looking for?” What you fail to discover is that the professor’s spouse or friend might be the connection that you’re looking for. You don’t know where that connection’s going to come from. So, you really want to make sure when you’re out there as a job seeker, you talk about the type of opportunity you’re looking for specifically, and vocalize it to all of your connections, because they’re going to take that that sound bite or that snippet of what you’re looking for and give it out to their networks. That’s where the opportunity will come from.