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Inside the mind of a hiring manager: How to showcase your experience to land the job

In the dynamic landscape of job hunting, understanding what truly matters to hiring managers can be the key to unlocking doors of opportunity. Beyond TalentEdge, powered by Greater Rochester Chamber, is committed to being your ultimate career resource, connecting job-seekers with the insights they need to succeed in the competitive job market. In a recent poll conducted by Beyond TalentEdge, we reached out to over 250 business leaders in the Greater Rochester region to uncover the factors that weigh most heavily in their hiring decisions.

We found that a resounding 29.2% of respondents pointed to "Relevant Experience" as the pivotal factor when making hiring decisions. This reinforces the notion that showcasing your practical skills and past achievements is crucial in making a lasting impression on hiring managers.

Beyond TalentEdge is here to guide you on the path to success. Here's how to focus on what matters most and present your experience effectively in applications, cover letters, and interviews:

  1. Update Your Resume
    Your resume is your first opportunity to make an impact. Tailor it to showcase your relevant experience prominently. Use action verbs and quantify your achievements to demonstrate the tangible impact you've made in your previous roles. Beyond TalentEdge created a guide for using The 3 ā€œCā€™sā€ for a better resume:
  2. Have a Clear Cover Letter
    In your cover letter, draw a clear connection between your experience and the specific needs of the company. Address how your skills and accomplishments align with the company's goals. Personalize your letter to reflect a genuine interest in the organization.
  3. Showcase Relevance in an Interview
    During interviews, focus on sharing stories that highlight your experience and achievements. Beyond TalentEdge developed and released a guide on how to interview your interviewer and leave a lasting impression. Download the guide here:

As a division of Greater Rochester Chamber, Beyond TalentEdge is deeply embedded in the regional business landscape. We work closely with hiring managers and HR leaders at top businesses throughout the Greater Rochester region. Our expertise extends beyond just connecting candidates with jobs ā€“ we understand the intricacies of the hiring process, providing you with the insights and resources you need to succeed.

Outside of relevant employment experience, employers participating in our poll showed interest in soft skills and educational background. For employers looking to expand their hiring decisions and go beyond the resume to diversify their recruitment efforts or for career seekers looking to better understand what employers look for, check out our blog post on going beyond the resume:

When it comes to advancing your career in the Greater Rochester region, relevant experience takes center stage. Beyond TalentEdge is your partner in this journey, empowering you with the knowledge and support needed to navigate the competitive job market successfully. Stay tuned for more career insights from Beyond TalentEdge, your gateway to professional success.