JOB SEARCH / DEC. 21, 2014
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How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker

Standing out as a jobseeker means going the extra mile, pushing your limits and really putting yourself out there. In order to stand out as a jobseeker you need to find out what other jobseekers are doing and use this information to your advantage. So, your objective should be doing something that most jobseekers don’t take the time to do when it comes to searching for a job.

This article provides some tips to help you stand out from your competition and ultimately land a job. Let’s have a look:

#1 Make your calls

The secret to standing out as a job seeker is becoming an advanced job seeker. While a typical jobseeker would find a job opening, send his resume and wait for the company to call, an advanced job seeker knows he should go further than that:

  1.      Find a job opening.
  2.      Find information about the company – provided that you know the company.   
  3.      Apply online and send your resume.
  4.      Call the company and ask for the person who makes the selection.
  5.      Introduce yourself and explain why you are calling.
  6.      Explain who you are, your skills and career goal.
  7.      Ask if they received your application.
  8.      Make questions about the position and the company and prepare a good answer that will showcase your expertise.

Talking to people who make key decisions in regards to recruiting, will help them remember your name when they are going over other candidates’ resumes and will show them you are interested in working at their company.

#2 Connect with employers

Employers are using social media to recruit, so why can’t you do it the other way around? Connect with employers online before the interview so they can check out your professional profile and experience in advance. Make it as easy as possible for recruiters to get more information about you from using LinkedIn and other professional networks that could give a great boost in your job search.

You might say everyone is using social media, but do they use it effectively? What other jobseekers do is not sending a personalised message that explains who they are along with their invitation to connect. Now this is something you could use to your advantage.

#3 Provide proof you can do the job

Being proactive requires that you do the work without being asked. So if you want to impress recruiters you have to do something they don’t generally see when it comes to interviewing candidates. If you are applying for a job that requires writing blog posts, then you could write one and send it to the hiring manager. In this way, you allow recruiters to check your work and demonstrate that you can actually do the job well.  

#4 Be yourself

Other jobseekers are simply repeating clichés they think employers want to hear. Without a doubt, getting career advice from an online database is helpful, but this can’t work on its own. This means that you and another 1 million people around the world are using the same lines to impress employers, so you have to give your interview responses a bit of a twist.

This will help you represent yourself better. Employers want to get to know you better so they are interested in your personality, and what you can bring to the company. Surely, you can make a stronger impression by answering questions honestly, rather than responding with the same boring answers.

The most important aspects include making a good first impression, being proactive and focusing on your goal. If your goal is to get a job that is related to your field of study and expertise then you really have to make yourself available and promote your key selling points as much as possible.

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