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How to Make Yourself More Interesting to Recruiters

Do you want to get on the good side of employers? There are a lot of ways to become a more interesting individual. You need to try out these six tips.

You have to give employers a reason to pick you instead of other candidates, and this means, you have to make yourself more attractive. On your CV, you have to show how you stand out from the rest so that you avoid giving the impression that you are just another boring candidate. You need to come up with more exciting topics to discuss during your job interview and keep the interviewers engaged throughout the discussion.

If you want to make yourself more interesting to recruiters, here’s how to do it.

1. Get Involved in Areas Out of Your Field

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If you want to be more interesting, you should work on projecting a cheerful and exciting personality. This may be difficult to do using your CV, but there is a way. When talking about your hobbies, refer to the things that aren’t related to your area of expertise. Even though these are activities that have nothing to do with your career, they can help to show employers that you are a well-rounded individual and a person with a range of interests.

The knowledge you get from getting involved in various projects out of your field is priceless especially for networking. Not only can it be used to impress employers but it also gives you something to keep the conversation going. When connecting with like-minded professionals, you will never run out of topics to talk about, and this also shows how resourceful and useful you are going to be as part of their team.


2. Say ‘Yes’ to Everything

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While it can be exhausting to say yes to every opportunity presented to you – even for a night out, it’s important that you give yourself the chance to experience and learn from different activities. If you are an introvert, this may be sounding like your worst nightmare, but don’t worry too much about it because there is an expiry date.

Saying yes to a party invitation, a dinner with past co-workers or friends isn’t the worst thing you can do. Besides this is what you ought to be doing as a jobseeker. Instead of staying in and complaining about the fact that you are still jobless, you need to go out and meet new people. You never know who you might come across and who you might be able to impress with your story. The idea is that you create more exciting experiences for yourself and come up with some interesting stories to tell to back up your current skills and knowledge.

3. Do Something Out of the Ordinary

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What makes people more interesting? Apart from the experiences that they have and the stories that come with it, achievement and recognition also help to make you a person of interest. Think about it. Completing milestones or doing something extraordinary might even get your name in the Guinness Book of Records. Now that would be fascinating!

Completing a challenge and presenting it as an achievement is an ability a jobseeker should master simply because it can make you stand out. Something like giving up social media or the internet for a week can make you more interesting and give you plenty of things to talk about. When searching for your next idea, think about a project that will make you look good in the eyes of recruiters or anyone. Just make sure that they are all feasible. For example, it shouldn’t be insane like eating dog food for a week or living in a tree house for a month. Unless you have a good reason for doing this, it is more likely to harm your career.

4. Read Books

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Forget about dogs; books are your best friend. Nobody knows how useful reading a book is until they get to hear about the benefits it offers. Apart from the fact that it expands your knowledge and vocabulary, it also stimulates your mind and helps you be more creative. Now, this kind of creativity is what you need to make yourself more memorable. From reading – be it articles, blog posts or books, you get to develop a range of skills that employers are looking for in candidates. These include problem-solving, logic, analytical thinking, communication and writing skills. What else do you need?

5. Listen to Podcasts

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Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to increase your knowledge on specific matters, and is a great alternative to reading books. You can listen to a podcast when you are out jogging for example or during your daily commute. What’s rather exciting about podcasts is that they are full of personal and inspiring stories that provide fun and interesting facts that are worth knowing more about. Getting access to this information allows you to jump right into a discussion with just about any person and makes it easy for you to talk and connect with people who have different interests and backgrounds. To find what you are looking for, check Podbay which provides the easiest way to find and listen to a podcast.

6. Spend Time Not Speaking

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Do you know why introverts seem to be more mysterious and interesting? Apart from the fact that they read a lot of books, most of the time they stay quiet in a discussion, and that’s what makes them excellent listeners. This is also why they tend to know so much. Listening – not talking to others, helps them absorb information like sponges so that next time they feel like talking, they have tonnes of topics to talk about and different facts to present.  

Also, shifting the discussion to a topic that serves the person you are talking to always has better results. This is because everyone’s favourite subject is themselves. Encouraging other people to talk about themselves automatically makes you more interesting.

Everyone likes to think that they are interesting people, but there is a fine line between being interesting when discussing something and talking too much. Sometimes, you don’t really need to do much to convince employers that you are an interesting individual. If you can let your experiences and achievements speak for themselves, you can easily stand out from the crowd.

Have you ever tried any of these tips? What was the result? Let me know in the comments section below…