What Hiring Managers Really Care About

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Most hiring managers really don’t care that your resume fits on one page, or if you hand-wrote a thank you note. Here’s some tips to help you from wasting time on things that don’t matter, so you can focus on the things that do.


Feel passion for your talent!

The best talent is excited and proud of their accomplishments. They’re vigorously eager to talk about the importance of their art and expertise. Employers want the best possible people on their team, and they can sense your confidence and enthusiasm a mile away.

Show interest in the company.

Spend some time researching your potential employer, to find out what their mission and goals are. Look at their past projects and press releases. Ask them questions to show that you care about what they’re doing and where they’re going.

Prove that you’re uniquely qualified.

Instead of listing a bunch of experience that you’ve had, emphasize the skills and qualities that make you different than anyone else. What can you bring to the table that they’re missing? Tell some examples or stories that highlight how you’re not just competent, but the perfect match for the job.

Respect their time.

Be prepared for the interview so that it goes smoothly. And don’t be a pest by following up daily; ask them about their hiring timeline while you’re at the interview, so you know when to check back. Remember, most managers have other work to do too!

A well-written thank you note won’t hurt, but we here at Madden suggest you do the things that matter more to them first!