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New Year, New Career? Our Recruiter’s Top Tips for 2024

David Banach

With a New Year comes fresh starts and new beginnings, whether for our health, finances or even our careers. After all, LinkedIn data shows that January is the busiest time for hiring.   

Between the applications, interviews and thank you notes – finding a new job can feel like a full-time job. But there are strategies and best practices that can make the job search work for you. Hear what five of our recruiters recommend candidates do to stand out in 2024: 

Network with Intention  

David Banach, Sr Recruiting Specialist 

Know your objective going into the new year – whether that’s a new role or skill – and identify individuals who can help you.  If a common connection exists, ask someone in your network for an introduction.  Once connected, be authentic and genuine in your conversation. Continue to stay connected beyond your first interaction with those who align with your intentions. 

Remember, networking is a two-way street! Once the connection is established, offer help and value where you can.  

Tailor the Resume to the Role You’re Seeking  

Marriah Dettman, University Relations Recruiter 

Build your resume purposefully. This applies to all candidates, but especially those seeking internships. While it’s likely you have a lot of great, professional experience, try to include information related to the career you’re pursuing. And if you don’t have much relevant professional experience, add classes and school experience instead. If you have skills and software that match the needs of the role, put those at the top so it’s one of the first things a recruiter sees when reviewing. A resume that is clearly aligned to the internship and/or role, is a strong resume for a recruiter to review.  

Know Your Elevator Pitch 

Janae Laury, Lead Technical Recruiter 

Take time to think about your elevator pitch, a 30-second pitch that answers the standard "tell me about yourself" question. Look up common interview questions that align with the type of role that you're targeting, and then practice your answers. Try writing them out and practicing with someone so that it becomes comfortable, and it just rolls off the tongue. Preparation builds confidence. And confidence is one of the main keys to interviewing. 

Let Your Personality Show 

Racheal Hagen, Senior Technical Recruiter

Don’t be afraid to bring your personality to the interview. Having authentic enthusiasm and passion behind your expertise can make a world of difference. An easy way to channel this is to use personal stories and examples to illustrate your points. It helps interviewers visualize the work you are doing and how you bring value to the business needs, and it lets them better understand what makes you, you.   

Don’t Forget the Thank You Note 

Ryan Peck, Talent Acquisition Consultant 

It might seem old school, but it works. Crafting an email thanking your interviewer for their time is a great next step that separates you from other candidates. Use this note to drive home your interest in the role, emphasize how your skills can add value to the team, and address any topics you may not have had time for during your interview. Research shows only about 25% of interviewees send Thank You notes, and many hiring managers factor them in to their hiring decision.  

Bonus tip: Don’t have the interviewer’s email address? Send your note to the position’s Recruiter and they’ll get it into their inbox for you. 

Does your New Year’s Resolution include a new job? We’re adding new roles every day. Check out our open positions to find an opportunity that fits your interests.