Before you can make smart financial decisions, you need to have money. Why not explain how to get the job?
My Friend, Larry, asked me the other day if I knew anything about resumes. I told him SURE! Let me get you a good template and some other fun things. I helped him and reviewed his resume. He got a job interview. He got the job. Here are 3 tips to getting that job.
Three Things: Resume, Elevator Speech, Good Knowledge
First, you need your resume to look desirable. A Good Resume has the following information
1) Your contact information
2) Your Purpose Statement
3) A Skills/Qualifications list
4) Your Work Experience
5) Your Education Experience
They need to each be relevant and overall your Resume should never ever ever ever eeevveeerr be longer than 1 page. This is why.
“When I hired at JCPennys and Home Depot, I’d receive hundreds of applications for a single job opening. Anything over 1 page I threw away.” -Dana Johnson, Store Manager
Employers have no time for your lack of brevity and concision. Heck, If this was more than 800 words long, you probably wouldn’t read this article! You probably thought “It’s 3 things to get hired. I can do three things”. Click-Bait at its finest. (You can join my click-bait mailing list here. #ShamelessAdvertising)
The elevator speech: “Hello, My name is Jacob Johnson and I’m a student of Personal Financial Planning at Utah Valley University. I get excited about connecting people to their finances. I study tax planning, insurance risk, and retirement planning so that I can help others to see their big financial picture. As a Counselor and President at the Money Management Resource Center, a free services for students, I help individuals and couples with student loans, debt management, budgeting, and general financial questions.
Would you stop by our office in the Woodbury Business building to see how we can help you feel more at peace with your finances?”
The good elevator speech has 3 important factors:
The Introduction– Which is why I’m here
“I get excited about connecting people to their finances. I study tax planning, insurance risk, and retirement planning so that I can help others to see their big financial picture.”
The Explanation– What you’re doing about your dream
“As a Counselor and President at the Money Management Resource Center, a free services for students, I help individuals and couples with student loans, debt management, budgeting, and general financial questions.”
The Invitation– Tell them what you want them to do (Often times, this is in the form of a question or request)
“Would you stop by our office in the Woodbury Business building to see how we can help you feel more at peace with your finances”
Now your invitation could be different: it could be a request for an interview, requirements about the internship, or consideration to hire you or give you an internship.
Last, you need to know the company! You should know some history about them, where they started, their mission statement, and maybe a little bit about where you want to be in their company.
I’d recommend also getting some good questions to ask. How do you get business, How do people climb the ladder, What are the requirements to move up, How frequently do you hire… Just make sure that you’re asking good questions that demonstrate your excitement and knowledge about working in that industry. This will make it easy and natural to talk to them regardless of path; email, phone call, in person, etc.
“You sound a thousand times more intelligent when you have prepared intelligent and meaningful (but not overly complicated) questions… when I was assistant manager…I got to sit in and help interview people. And let me tell you, you seem significantly more prepared, intelligent and eager for the job when you prepare a few questions.” – Flia
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