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How To Get The Job You Want - Simple Tips To Beat Out Other Applicants

By Edited Mar 24, 2016 7 19

Getting The Job When There Are Other Applicants Is All About Standing Out

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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.

Get the job, and be happy like this guy

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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!



Oct 6, 2012 5:54pm
great article, i will be more confident in my interview on Tuesday. :)
Oct 14, 2012 2:27pm
Hope it went well :)
Oct 14, 2012 7:57pm
Hi, yes it did, the second one i got the job. so will be starting soon,:)
Oct 11, 2012 8:57am
Great out-of-the-box tips on how to get the job you want! I think I might just print out this list as you suggested.

Congrats on being featured!
Oct 14, 2012 2:27pm
Thanks Tim!
Oct 12, 2012 10:29am
A lot of good tips!
Oct 14, 2012 2:27pm
Thank you for the comment!
Oct 14, 2012 8:57am
Thanks, this was really informative.
Oct 14, 2012 2:27pm
You are most welcome.
Oct 16, 2012 6:53am
Amazing job. I thought I knew so much about wowing those interviewers but you stepped into areas I never even thought of. Adding a picture in the corner, never crossed my mind; however it's a brilliant, simple additive to any resume to make that employer give your paper a second look. thanks for the great information; god bless :)
Apr 8, 2013 3:26pm
Thank you for reading and commenting Marissa! It's incredible what a little extra effort can accomplish!
Nov 6, 2012 9:20am
@ All About Jobs. Great stuff you have here. As a talent hunter myself I could not but agree with you on most of the points you raised. Job searching requires ingenuity and creativity to make a success of it.These you successfully covered in the article. Well done.
Jan 2, 2013 10:35pm
Thank you for reading!
Apr 6, 2013 6:33pm
A great article with awesome information. It something I could use for future reference.
Apr 8, 2013 3:27pm
Thank you for reading and commenting clarbear!
Apr 8, 2013 7:38pm
Great job getting tips in this article, and congrats on reaching the top 100 articles on the site.
Apr 8, 2013 8:30pm
Thanks JD, I appreciate that.
Apr 9, 2013 8:44am
Great tips here, migreig. And kudos on breaking into the top 100!
Apr 9, 2013 8:56am
Thank you sir!
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  2. "How to write a masterpiece of a resume - part 1." rockport institute. 8/04/2013 <Web >

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