Apply with Care: Tips for Job Seekers

Our square footage in Virginia doubled when we moved, and our Durham office is still a few people short of a kickball team. Accordingly, I’m spending a lot of time recruiting for both offices. I love this part of my job in part because I get to tell people how cool it is to work at Viget and they get to tell me what appeals to them about the opportunity. I gush, I learn, and we all feel inspired. Awhile ago Cindy posted 5 informative tips for how to get our attention as an applicant. All 5 tips are timeless – more than a year later they are just as true. I wanted to expand on her first tip to reiterate the importance of making a strong first impression. Here are some more suggestions:
  • Reference the job title and job description. If you are specific, we know you are attending to the details and not sending a form letter.
  • Make a few explicit connections between the job description and your resume. Explain to us how your experience is specifically relevant. Yes, this is time-consuming; but, it’s a chance for you to demonstrate that you are intelligent and diligent. Think of it as a bit of homework.
  • Make reference to our web site, our clients, our work, our culture – anything! A general statement about admiring our company is nice; but, a specific comment on something you saw or read will mean a lot more to us. Tell us what you like and why.
  • Be distinctive. Make it easy for us to remember you (for something positive). If you do the first three things right, you won’t have to do anything extra to be distinctive.
  • Proofread. Sending an email with typos and sloppy grammar is like coming to an in-person interview with a milk mustache and flip-flops. Proofread and save yourself some embarrassment!
Those of you thinking, "That's nothing new – of course I'd do those things when I apply for a job," I hope you'll apply for one of our openings. We need more applicants like you!
Emily Bloom

Emily is Viget's people director, hailing from our Durham, NC, office. She specializes in heart-to-hearts and asking questions that don’t have concrete answers.

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