11 Tips, Tricks, and Tactics to Get Hired
The Internet (
and more so the Web) is full of noise. People’s minds are constantly bombarded and they struggle to decode clear and actionable signals. Remember this when you are trying to get your signal through… 1. The Noise Problem
Hiring teams are busy identifying signals from both inside and outside of their own organizations.
There’s a hiring funnel and you need to get in to it. Don’t fail at the first hurdle. You have to capture the attention of not just humans but also machines too.
Your signal will go further if it’s stronger and comes from multiple directions (multipath). At a minimum use the pincer manoeuvre and come at a hiring team from 2 directions (or via a minimum of 2 mediums). Just like in sales, the more priming and conceptual touches ( 3x-8x) that you can muster without annoying people, the more mind share you get for subsequent engagement or interviews. Reinforcement of your name being heard or read frequently (in a good context of course) is desirable.
Don’t ever fool yourself, you are selling a part of yourself; your time, your expertise, your energy, and your life. You are renting out your labour and/or mind amidst a competitive landscape. Your CV or résumé is your personal advertisement and it must leverage more than just psychology to be seen let alone heard.
Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, get involved in community groups related to your target domain (either online and/or offline) and deepen your network, connections, contacts, and knowledge.
Give away knowledge and energy to those communities without any expectation of receiving anything back. You’ll be a better person for it. If there’s no existing community to be found, build it yourself.
Don’t ever try to game or exploit communities. Yet the more you give, the more you learn and the more well-known you will likely become. This renown should be an altruistic byproduct not an engineered goal. At a minimum, you might have more interesting things to put on your CV(résumé) or to talk about in interviews. Let’s call this a form of enlightened self-interest.
2. The Underlay Problem
3. The Portfolio Problem (Proof of Experience)
4. The Ingestion Process
5. The Search Problem
6. CV / Résumé Format
You CV(résumé) should be short, sharp, and sweet - as a human recruiter may parse your CV ‘ flyer’ in less than 20 seconds with their first glance and a machine will do it in microseconds… are you in or out of the funnel? What keywords were they looking for?
Your CV(résumé) is a micro sales pitch in a competitive landscape, treat it as such. It’s not just a list, you need to optimize for both form and function.
Search for and pay attention to advice from people like Evilrecruiter’s: CV Do’s and Don’ts and related privacy post
Typos, misspellings, and bad grammar are unacceptable when services like automatic spell checkers and tools like HemingwayApp and exist. It’s also a total Grammarly faux-pas for engineering roles to have even one character out of place. Errors reflect your level of attention to detail, your ability to double check and enlist help, and of course it shows your professional writing and communication ability in the target language. Your CV(résumé) is a piece of marketing literature. A digital billboard for your services and experience. Your CV(résumé) is, for all intents and purposes, you (until you meet or connect with someone from the hiring team, hopefully IRL(In Real Life)).
The language you use is important and meaningful. You are conjuring up imagery in the mind of the reader who is screening you. Your CV(résumé) is also being translated to numbers and is now an algorithmic candidate for a best fitting curve or spline.
7. ATS (Applicant Tracking System) and Keywords
8. Recruiters and Sourcers are Human
9. Prime the Hiring Manager and Team
10. Referrals, References, and Referees
11. Important Research
If you really want
this job you need to work for it. Long gone are the days of point, shoot, and wait. Get off your ass and through your own actions (not those of others) collapse down the multiverse to the one with the greatest probability of you getting as far down the funnel as you can, ethically! Own your outcomes. Carve your future.
Note: If you do secure an offer then learn what you need to know about negotiating
here and here.