Competition for jobs in today’s market is fierce. Hiring managers spend a lot of time evaluating resumes and interviewing candidates, and it can be difficult to make a lasting impression and distinguish yourself from the pack. Here are some strategies you can use to stand out from other candidates and be remembered for all the right reasons.
Make Yourself Relevant to the Employer’s Needs
Every resume you send should be tailored to the job to which you are applying. Candidates are quickly screened out for not having the exact skills or experience the employer is looking for. Study the job posting closely and be sure your resume and cover letter list the skills and experience they require, as long as you have the skills and experience, of course.
Hiring managers understand that every candidate won’t have every skill on their wish list. They also understand that skills can be taught. What can’t be taught and what will get you noticed in an interview, however, is enthusiasm. If you love what you do, allow yourself the freedom to speak passionately. Enthusiasm is contagious, and employers are looking for people who truly want to be working at their jobs.
Be Refreshingly Honest
Most job seekers don’t set out to lie to hiring managers, but some lie by omission or stretch the truth. They may neglect to mention they were fired from their last job, or they might avoid questions about their weaknesses. Committing to a policy of transparency can get you noticed and remembered. Nobody is perfect, so own your imperfections when asked about them, and talk about what you learned from your previous mistakes or missteps.
Ask Great Questions
When it comes time for you to ask questions of the hiring manager, demonstrate your genuine interest. Ask about challenges that previous people in the position have experienced, the supervisor’s goals for the position, etc.
If you truly want to be bold, ask, “Is there anything we have discussed today that makes you feel I am not the ideal candidate for the job?” This question shows you are truly interested in the position, and it gives you a chance to address any specific weaknesses the hiring manager feels might keep you out of the running.
Send a Handwritten Note
It’s easy to send an email thank you, but if you want to make an impression, send a handwritten thank-you note as soon as you leave the interview. It’s a good practice to take a thank-you note with a stamped and addressed envelope to the interview. Write the note in the car and drop it in a mailbox on your way home so it goes out as soon as possible.
Are you looking for a new opportunity?
If you want to accelerate your search and increase the chances you will stand out from other candidates, work with the recruiters at Bonney Staffing Center. We go the extra mile to ensure we match you with the right opportunities to advance your career. Contact us today to learn more.