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You’ve made up your mind and decided it’s time for a new position. The job you’re targeting is your “dream job,” but you know they’ll get a lot of applications. So how do you stand out from the other HR or payroll hopefuls? How do you avoid hitting a recruiter and hiring manager’s inbox at the wrong time because of a huge stack of applications or your resume being in the “right place at the wrong time?” As experts in HR and payroll recruiting, we’ve found a few tips to help land your next HR or payroll position.
How’s that job as a fireman or a doctor…oh you didn’t grow up to have the job you thought you would earlier in your life? If your realization that you are not happy on your current career path happens in your twenties, thirties, or later – are you stuck?
Are you in your dream payroll or HR job? Perhaps you’re even financially independent for life? Way to go! This isn’t the blog for you. But considering that 53% of employees are unhappy, it’s likely this blog is for you. The fact is far too many accomplished and appealing job candidates don’t put themselves in a position to hear about open opportunities that may indeed be, their dream payroll or HR job.
Too often when we’re interviewing for a payroll or HR position we’re focused on landing the job instead of finding out if the HR position is right for us or if the company’s culture is what we want. An interview is not meant to be a one-way exercise where you solely prove yourself to a company – make sure the company engages with you a little as well. I always share with my candidates that you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. As difficult and time-consuming as finding an HR or payroll job can be, the last thing you want to find yourself doing is searching for another job six-months out because it wasn’t the right long-term fit for all of the parties involved. Trust me, I’ve worked for Willory for almost 7 years now and I know personally know how valuable working in a culture can be to your professional AND personal life – we want to help you find the best possible fit for you.
When was the last time you put context behind your words in your resume or interview? Of course, the words you say or write have meaning, but the measurable results and/or change increase in importance when you add context. And too often it’s left for the interviewer to interpret the context. If you want to land that HR or payroll position the single biggest mistake people, make sure when it comes to sharing their accomplishments is providing results without context. Saying that you found a savings 15 percent by improving HR and payroll processes without noting the market conditions or goals doesn’t say much.
Like it or not, the interview process for your next HR/payroll opportunity can be eerily similar to dating. You may find a match right away (love at first sight) or it could take numerous interviews to find your connection (longer courtship).
One thing I tend to ask daily is “What in the actual hell?” Why you ask? Buzzwords.
Often the worst part of applying for an HR or payroll opportunity is the waiting. Patience may be a virtue… but often it’s hard to find that virtue when applying for jobs.
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