Creating a culturecliQ profile may seem simple enough. After all, once you rate your culturecues, there are just three little questions to answer. But, this is a big opportunity. Your replies provide the framework for your own personal elevator speech. So be sure to give them the thought they deserve.
At first glance, creating a culturecliQ profile may seem simple enough. After all, once you rate your culturecues, there are just three little questions to answer. But this is a big opportunity. Your replies provide the framework for your own personal elevator speech. So be sure to give them the thought they deserve.
Question 1: “What I do well”
No doubt, you’re awesome at a lot of things. But this is your elevator speech, remember? You’ve only got seconds to get their attention. There’s no time to rehash your entire resume. So, get to your most impressive skills and talents right away. And do it in a paragraph or less. If you’re having trouble deciding what to include, consider the following:
Question 2: “What’s important to me”
Again, the ability to be concise is key. So, don’t waste time listing every single thing you want in a job or a workplace. Stick to a few items that are most important. Ask yourself: What makes me excited to go to work everyday? What kind of environment makes me happiest and most productive? Which types of people motivate me? And perhaps most important, what are my deal breakers?
Question 3: “Career highlights”
Some candidates see this section and at first struggle for what to say. But, it’s important to remember “career highlights” means a lot more than awards and promotions. It also includes things like how many years you’ve held a certain position, unique skills, goals you’ve achieved, impressive track records, special projects and programs you’ve participated in – even the chance to study or work with certain people or in exotic places. So, think hard about all the cool things you’ve done. Then list them in a way that’s clear, confident and memorable.
Finally, don’t forget about the picture! Whether they admit it or not, people want to see the face behind the profile. It doesn’t have to be a professional photo. But, it should be a good headshot that exudes confidence and competence.
Stop. Take a breath. And really think about what you want. It could be the most important part of your entire job search. Here’s why: 1) interviewers will ask, 2) a targeted search will get you to your goals faster, and 3) it’s hard to get a job you don’t genuinely want.
Before you snag that phone interview or face-to-face meeting, make sure you have really thought things through and identified what you’re looking for in a workplace. Here’s why that’s important:
That person interviewing you? They’ve already seen your resume. They know you have the experience and the skills to do the job. Now, they need to find out what kind of person you are. Will you fit in at this company? Can you embrace all the great (and not so great) things it has to offer?
So, be prepared to tell them exactly what you’re looking for. And do it in a way that’s thoughtful, intelligent and memorable. Don’t just answer with “growth opportunities” like the other three candidates they’ve seen that day. Take it further, with something like “I’d love to work for a company like this, where teamwork is important. I’ve read about your product development brainstorming sessions and would really love to be a part of that!”
It’s a fact. Successful people set goals. And, not just any goals. Specific, short- and long-term ones that keep them on track. Taking the time up front to think about where you want to end up – and the steps you need to take to get there – means you’ll get there faster.
Knowing what you really want means you must do some research before you apply. What are different company cultures like? Are there certain places that offer the kind of growth, training or mentoring you’re looking for? Are some too intense? Too laid back? Just right? When you take the time to seriously consider questions like these, your search instantly becomes more targeted. As a result, you don’t waste time applying to organizations that aren’t a good fit. And you certainly won’t find yourself sitting across from a potential boss struggling to explain exactly what it is you find so appealing about their company.