When you’re searching for that dream job, you need your application to stand out from those of other job seekers. Unfortunately these days it isn’t as easy as sending off your resume and then finding yourself working for that company in a few weeks. You need to remember that there are other candidates that have applied for the same job, potentially hundreds. With this being the case only you can make yourself stand out to hiring managers and recruiters.
Here are 4 ways to stand out from other jobseekers:
1. Ensure that you fit the job specifications
If you apply for a role without looking into it’s requirements you reduce your chances of being selected, especially if you don’t have the experience or skills that they are looking for. You shouldn’t need to convince yourself to apply, you either fit the requirements or you don’t, simple!
2. Make direct contact with the recruiter
Some people may think this is a pushy move. But, you’ll have a greater chance of securing an interview (not the job) if you contact the recruiter directly to remind them that you exist and to double check they received your application. We suggest making contact 1-2 weeks after submitting your application.
3. Display your portfolio
Depending on the role you are applying for showcasing your work may give you that extra edge that will make you cross the line, and get you that interview. You may want to create a personal website, that contains your portfolio and put that link on your resume so recruiters can review your work, and be assured of your skills.
4. Study and take interest in the organisation
Once your past the initial recruiter phone call, then begins the real test, in person interviews. Here you may find yourself against the top 10 or top 5 candidates so you need to go one step further to stand out. There may be others with the same skill set and level and experience, so this isnt a great place to start. Study and take interest in the organisation, what was their latest event? Product launch? or success? Show them that you’ve done your homework. And don’t just spill out their 'home' or 'about' pages. Go one step further, share your insights into what they are doing, and what you can add to the company.
Put these 4 tips into practice to separate yourself from other job seekers, and to get one step closer to securing your dream job for 2015!