The Ultimate Job Skill

December 23rd, 2013 | Articles, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

Hit the Ground Running

Most of the employers we at Ashley Ellis work with explicitly ask for candidates who can hit the ground running. It decreases lag time on projects and helps them to reach their business objectives even faster. That’s why every job seeker needs to make it clear he or she will be hitting the ground running from the start.

Writing the Application

It’s never too early to convey your fast adaptability to a new company. Since a resume only offers job seekers a confined space to write, it’s better to be concise. Just mention soft skills that imply you’ll hit the ground running:

• That you learn new technologies and techniques on the fly.
• That you can think on your feet to solve complex problems.
• That, when you’re stumped, you ask poignant questions to clarify the best solution.

When turning your attention to the cover letter, you need to start providing the hiring manager with examples of how you’ve hit the ground running previously. Give the hiring managers little kernels to tide them over that you can flesh out during the interview itself. These tidbits will add to your overall appeal as a candidate and help the hiring manager already envision you in the position.

During the Interview

Make it abundantly clear that you can hit the ground running throughout the interview, convincing the hiring manager that you won’t be tripping over yourself during your opening weeks. Some of the best ways to do that are to:

• Bring up anecdotes that combine your ability to hit the ground running with your other talents. Generate several examples in advance so you can choose the one that most organically fits into your conversation.
• Prepare detailed objectives for your first day, first week, first month, and first 90 days. A roadmap for success shows that you’re already pondering over the position and readying yourself for the challenges ahead.

Accepting the Position

Here’s where you deliver on the goods. Once you’ve officially accepted the position, you need to set up the pieces that, when pressure is applied, can help you to get the domino effect going so new projects fall into place under your watch from the start. A few ways to do that are to:

• Ask for additional information or materials from the hiring manager.
• Reach out to any of your future coworkers. You can build an early rapport and even go so far as to start brainstorming new ideas and projects.
• Adapt your road map to what you’ve learned in the interview and through extra materials. That way, you can follow through on what’s important and cut out objectives that aren’t as critical.

Your chances of success will be all the higher and your subsequent transition smoother if you show you know how to hit the ground running from the start.

by James Walsh

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