You know there is a lot of competition for each available job advertised on the Internet. In order to be in consideration it is important to stand out as a candidate. What are the best ways to do this and how can you show you are the best potential employee for that company? Here are some professional tips to help you be heard over the noise.
- Good people refer good people. If you know someone at the organization ask them to refer you to the hiring manager. A current employee is not going to want to refer someone they don’t believe in. They want to look good to their employer and represent themselves well. Referrals are a purely selfish thing. It is true what they say; it isn’t what you know but who you know.
- Reach out personally. Even if you don’t have a referral to get you into the company you can still contact the hiring manager directly rather than simply sending your resume through their job posting. Search LinkedIn for the name of the manager and send a note introducing yourself. Be professional and respectful in your message and it will make them remember you when they review the resumes.
- Avoid the small mistakes. Before you even apply for the job make sure that your resume is impeccable with no typos or grammar errors. When you’re preparing for your interview, think about some thoughtful questions to ask about the job and the company. These little things go a long way in the final decision process.
- Spotlight on achievements. It is no longer enough just to list your skills on your resume. You need to demonstrate to the potential employer that your experience is applicable to their position. Include specific examples in your resume such as a challenge you were faced with, what you did to solve it, and the end result of your action. Show real data, numbers, and statistics that can showcase your specific talents.
Are you looking for more practical resume advice? Contact the recruiters at CornerStone Staffing to find out how we can help you!