How to Get Hired
4 Questions with Asymmetrik’s Recruiting Team
Mar 12, 2019
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and look for a new job. You’ve tailored your resume, you’ve researched companies, you’ve even identified your dream job. Now what?
Here, Asymmetrik’s Recruiting Team answers your burning questions about how to get hired.
How can I make my resume stand out?
Candidates often wonder how they can stand out from a sea of applicants. Unfortunately, there’s lots of bad career advice floating around. Call every day to check on your application status! Use lots of bold colors and fonts! Send gifts to hiring managers! (Please don’t do these things).
Your experience and qualifications should make you stand out, not gimmicks. Here are three things you can do to make your resume stronger.
- Add substance and detail.
It’s common for candidates to list technologies in a separate section of their resume. While this is helpful, remember to use the bullet points under each job to show how you used the technologies.
Do this: “Created a Java console application to retrieve and convert legacy relational data (Sybase/Spring JDBC) to MongoDB (Spring Data) documents as part of a transition to a new web application and technology stack.”
Not this: “Developed application to help transition to new technology stack.”
- Include the impact of your contributions.
We want to know how you made a difference. So, if your work cut costs, generated revenue, helped people, increased users, improved efficiency, or furthered a mission, make sure you add it to your resume.
- State a clear career objective.
Sometimes, candidates believe stating a specific objective will exclude them from consideration. More often than not, it has the opposite effect. If you don’t have a clear objective stated, the hiring manager might think that you lack professional direction or passion for the work. Or worse, you might be offered a job that isn’t a good fit. If you don’t know what your objective is, start by searching LinkedIn, where you can look up profiles of people who have jobs you think you might enjoy.
How can I demonstrate “soft skills”?
At Asymmetrik, we look for well-rounded candidates who can work well with others. To us, “soft skills” are just as important as technical skills. Often, we’ll ask applicants to describe situations where they’ve demonstrated qualities like initiative, problem-solving, collaboration, and work ethic. The best thing you can do is come prepared with several real-world examples where you’ve shown these positive behavioral traits. And of course, don’t make anything up.
The STAR Method is a great way to organize your thoughts:
Situation: What was the situation, problem, or conflict you were facing?
Task: What were you tasked with? What were your responsibilities or goals?
Action: What action did you take? What did you do to solve this problem?
Result: What was the result or outcome of your action? How did it benefit the organization? Can this result be quantified?
What kinds of questions should I ask during an interview?
Remember that interviewing is a two-way street. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find out if a job or company is right for you. Outstanding candidates ask specific and pointed questions about the role, the technology, and the company culture.
Some good examples are:
- What does success look like in this role, and how will you measure it?
- What are some of the most challenging aspects of this position?
- How does this position help advance the company’s mission?
- What traits do your most successful employees have in common?
- Why did you decide to come to Asymmetrik, and what do you enjoy most about working here?
What if I have more questions?
If you have even more questions, you’re in luck. You can meet our Recruiting Manager, Joe Poplawski, this Thursday March 14th at NET/Work in Baltimore. He’ll be on hand to offer advice and help you land you your dream job!