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March 20, 2014

Spring Your Career Forward: Five Tips from the GM Recruiting Team

Top tips from General Motors to help you prepare for and land your ideal career

The beginning of the new season isn’t just reserved for spring-cleaning. It also serves as a time to refresh and renew the goals you made in January. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to find a new career, this is the time to make sure you’re doing all that you can to land your dream job.

Here are some top tips from the GM recruiting team to help you prepare for and land your ideal career.

1.     Update your LinkedIn profile (if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, create one!)

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 277 million users. Here are a few ways to make sure you stand out:

  • Make sure your profile summary conveys who you are and what you do in a creative and authentic way.
  • Include links to your groups, blogs and personal website if available.
  • Include volunteer experience to the Volunteer Experience and Causes field.
  • Ask colleagues, mentors and others in your network for recommendations. LinkedIn recommendations serve as references in advance.
  • Use LinkedIn’s new publishing platform to share original content to show expertise in your field of interest.

 2.     Network, network, network

There are plenty of ways to grow your professional network through both online and in-person career events. Here are some we suggest:

  • Take advantage of your dream company’s job resources. General Motors, for example, offers several opportunities to interact with recruiters and learn more about career opportunities, including:
    • The monthly GM LinkedIn Careers Chat is taking place on Monday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. This discussion allows followers to ask career-related questions directly to GM recruiters. See more details at the bottom of this post.
    • Join and engage with the GM Careers community on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Websites like meetup.com and EventBrite are great resources for finding networking events in your area.

 3.     Practice makes perfect

Once you’ve lined up the interview, it’s important to be prepared. This includes having your elevator pitch down and practicing responses to some of the most common interview questions. Try practice interviewing with a friend, family member or in front of a mirror to ensure you’re clear and remain calm while in the hot seat.

 4.     Follow up

You updated your LinkedIn profile, attended networking events and nailed the interview. Now it’s critical to follow up with the hiring manager to thank them for taking time to talk with you, remind them of why you would be the best fit for the position and determine a timeframe for feedback. Here are some tips for following up with a recruiter.

5.     Don’t get discouraged

There are dozens of reasons you may be rejected for a job even when you are a perfect fit. Among them: the hiring manager decided to hire an internal employee, they decided to shift responsibilities after the job was posted and you are no longer a fit, they posted a job that is not actually what they are looking for, the job is in later stages and other candidates have already been selected.

Regardless of the reason you may not have been selected for the position, stay positive and continue to broaden your network to stay open for new opportunities. For example, we always encourage job seekers to join the GM Talent Community to stay up to date on all new job opportunities and updates at GM.

Do you have more questions for our recruiters? You can ask them directly during our March LinkedIn Careers Chat taking place on Monday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. EDT on the General Motors LinkedIn page. To participate, log into your LinkedIn account, go to the General Motors LinkedIn page and type your question into the comment section of the most recent status. We look forward to hearing from you on March 31!

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