In today’s job market, competition is steep. Even if you know you are the best candidate for the job, you want to take every opportunity to demonstrate that point to hiring managers and give yourself an edge. Here are some tips to help you stand out from the pack.
Don’t Skip A Cover Letter
There is a prevailing myth among job seekers that the cover letter has become obsolete. While much of the process is automated, cover letters still matter. Hiring managers will take the time to read a cover letter because it can help them determine whether or not you understand the company’s needs, and it is your opportunity to showcase your biggest achievements and address any potential gaps in your resume. While a great cover letter won’t land you a job offer, it can be a determining factor in whether or not you get called for an interview.
Rearrange Your Resume
Chronological resumes are popular, but a resume that showcases your most relevant skills and experience first will grab a hiring manager’s attention. This ensures they can match your talents with their needs without having to read through pages and pages of detail. This also ensures you can pass automated resume scanning software that scores resumes based on keyword matches on the first page.
When you talk about your achievements, use numbers and data wherever possible. Don’t say, “Implemented a process that reduced errors.” Say instead, “Implemented a new reporting process that reduced errors by 15 percent year over year.” Just be sure that you can back up your claims with proof, or that your old boss will vouch for your numbers in a reference check.
Ask Thoughtful Questions In Your Interview
Come to the interview armed with thoughtful questions that show you have put time and consideration into the process. Ask about their processes, the goals for the position, etc. Great questions can set you apart from those candidates who ask common, run-of-the-mill questions like, “what’s your favorite part about working here?”
Send a Thank-You Note
Like cover letters, many candidates today skip the thank you note. It only takes a few minutes to craft a handwritten note thanking the interviewer for their time, and saying thanks is just good manners. If the hiring team is deciding between you and another candidate, you’ll want to be the one who took the time to write a note of thanks.
Partner With a Recruiter
Recruiters are your inside line to great positions you might not know about otherwise, but they also act as your own personal “sales rep.” They will talk to the hiring manager about you ahead of time, and they will outline your strengths and talents. When you come highly recommended, it puts the idea into the hiring manager’s head that you are a strong candidate before you ever walk through the door.
Are you looking for a great job?
If you want to increase the chances that you’ll find and land your ideal job, work with the recruiters at Bonney Staffing in Maine. We go the extra mile to ensure that we match you with the right opportunities to achieve your goals, and we help you make a strong impression on hiring managers. Contact us today to learn more about our commitment to your success.