As LiCa Scientific has grown on top of growth over the last 2 years. We’re needing to move quicker than ever to fill roles and find candidates, having done this so many times now, we’ve a strong picture of how to be successful as a candidate. I’m getting more and more convinced a big part of the reason is the metal approach and we don’t blog about this at all often.
We sometimes put our candidates through the mill sometimes at LiCa, CV rewrites, cover letters, long calls to clarify minutiae details. I get it we’re a ruddy pain sometimes and it can be a long road when all you want to hear is ‘fine I’ll put the CV forward’.
However our clients come to us for a well researched and understood candidates for their placement, and won’t interview unless they are 100% that they are getting this. We don’t want to knowingly help people fail, so see it as our place to point out when the bars got to be lifted.
So, the questions to ask can be ‘why me?’ for a particular role. It’s easy to ask this and to start thinking negatively, maybe decide to throw the towel in or in some cases never even make an application.
I’d rather pose the question ‘why not me?’.
Why not detail the attributes and virtues I think make me a good candidate? Why not provide the details I know the hiring manager will read, and find of interest as they’re a match to their ad? Is this a challenge?... great bring it on but here’s how I’ll specifically tackle that…!
If life has taught me one thing after years of starting this business out from a spare bedroom on a knackered old laptop, if you make it easy for someone to say ‘yes’ … you’ll get this answer so much more often. But getting told ‘no’ isn’t as bad as your internal monologue makes out either, and you can often learn from the experience.
So have confidence, be prepared to back it up with the tangible detail as to why this is, and we’re ready to review your application. The extra 20 minutes to write a cover email with the CV, checking the skills on the job spec match your application, these extra 1%’s that can so often be the difference.
Someone has to get the job. Someone has to be promoted. Someone has to rise the ranks to be CTO. It might as well be you.
After all… why not you?