Become a Standout Applicant!
By: Rafael Reyes
It may take some time to find a job that is the perfect fit for you. In many cases we take jobs out of necessity, So, what can you do to bring yourself closer to landing that dream job? In this blog, I will give you some tips and best practices for when you are in search of new opportunities.
UPDATE & TAILOR YOUR CV
You can tailor your CV to the role you are applying for, for example, if you are applying for a telemarketer position you will want your CV to show any cold/warm calling, sales, or call center experience. Including this relevant information and keeping out irrelevant parts optimizes the interview process and keeps it on track, instead of us spending time talking about your experience as a masseuse or cashier when you were 16 years old.
Optimizing your resume by adding key terms or making it more focused are good things, there is even software out there that helps you, but never ever lie about it. Aside from the fact that there is no point in lying, you will also make yourself look bad and not trustworthy when you are inevitably caught.
Lastly, be sure to have an English and Spanish version of your resume. Those are in the top 3 most spoken languages in the world it would be smart to have both especially if you are applying for a bilingual job.
Completing these steps will for sure make you stand out in a sea of competition and on top of leaving a great impression on your interviewer, it will show that you are willing to put in the extra effort.
LEARN ABOUT THE COMPANY
If you’ve been job hunting, you may have already landed an interview and another way to go the extra mile is to research the company or agency you are applying for before your interview. If you are applying for a company it makes you look good if you know their company values, goals, or anything from their about section. If you apply with an agency you can do the same and even take it a step further by looking at other available positions and deciding if you can be a good fit. Of course, this is also our job and we will consider you for other positions you may fit into but if you take the initiative it leaves a good impression and that is why I consider it a best practice when job hunting.
Yes, practice. I believe it’s a good idea to rehearse before an interview, it can make sure you are focused during the interview and don’t go on off on tangents, especially if you get nervous in interviews. You can practice the questions that might be asked and your possible answers, this is especially important if English is not your first language, and believe it or not even as a native speaker, living in Mexico, your English skills might get rusty. If you are looking for tips on how to improve your English or learning the importance of Learning English Post-COVID consider reading these blogs.
Overall preparing for an interview is the best thing you can do, it would look bad if you weren’t ready. Even just putting together some notes or questions you might ask. Even the questions you ask can portray you well, if you have no questions, it can look bad but it’s not a big deal, it also just depends. Looking for more tips? Consider reading “How to Succeed in a Virtual Interview” by Airelle Arellano and Ruben Murillo. With this information and the tips in my colleagues’ blog, I am sure you have the tools to be successful in your next interview. Good Luck with your job hunting!
This blog was written by the staff at Ventes Mexico LLC Ventes Mexico is a top-rated outsource recruitment firm located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Founded by an American, with 16 years of living in Mexico, Ventes Mexico operates in the USA and Mexico. The company specialized in remote staffing and headhunting. Each of its employees is 100% bilingual (English/Spanish).