Getting The Job When There Are Other Applicants Is All About Standing Out
Maybe you know where you want to work but you don't know how to get the job you want.
Perhaps you've dropped off a resume and been discouraged to see it thrown into a pile of resumes from other candidates. That's a crappy feeling, but don't get discouraged, your goal is to get the job and we can get you there. Remember that the key to getting noticed anywhere online or in real life is to stand out. Print off this page and use it as a checklist when you apply for the job you really want. Follow these steps and you will have a far better chance than the other applicants.
1. Apply even if the company is not hiring
I think we can agree that most companies want the best employees for their positions. Well, since you're going to learn how to stand out as the best applicant, consider applying even if they say they're not hiring. Usually they will at least take your resume and if you really wow them, they will consider finding a position for you so you don't go work for one of their competitors.
Even if they don't hire you right away, you can increase your chances of being called when a position is available. Maybe instead of advertising a position, they will think: "remember that guy who was in last month?". Most large companies are always hiring the right candidates. If they're really impressed by you, they will want to find you a position before you're snapped up by one of their competitors. The key is to stand out!
2. Have a resume that stands out
Check out some resume templates online. Fill in your details and have your resume proofread by two or more people before using it. Use a font that's a little different from the usual, again have a friend check it to make sure that it looks good and not tacky.
To make your resume extra-unique and stand out from the crowd, try putting a color picture of yourself in the top corner. This will definitely catch the eye of the employer and help them connect your resume to the face that dropped it off. Use a professional looking photo with a smile for this. You can have a photo taken anywhere that they do passport photos, but it's okay to smile in this one!
The last tip to make sure your resume finds it's way to the top of the pile is to print it on the finest quality paper you can find. The difference between run-of-the-mill white paper and a high-quality, thick, textured paper at an office store is a few cents so it's a worthwhile investment. Have the whole thing checked over one last time before bringing it to them.
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3. Leave an impression when you drop off your resume
When you go to the business to apply, wear a nice outfit, do your hair and make sure to smile. Ask for the manager and give him/her your resume directly. Smile and make eye contact. Have a quick chat if possible and let them know why you're excited to work at their business. Confidently throw in a couple of things you have learned about their company. Confidence is key, and a firm handshake is an absolute must if it's a man to man situation! Make sure you leave them with the best impression you possibly can.
Make a point to learn a few things about the company before you go in. Write them down on cue cards and study them on the bus if you have to. Few things will blow a prospective emploer away more than you knowing details about a recent merger or corporate policy that the average candidate would not. Do your homework. If they know that you've researched the company, they will know that you're serious about working there.
Beating out other applicants for a job is not rocket science. If you try even 10% harder than most other people are willing to, you have a good chance at being chosen for a position. Think about how little time it takes to do some Google searching and put your best on when you come in. It's not hard, but most people won't make the extra effort to stand out, and that's why you will get the job!
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