If getting a new job is on your to-do list in 2018, it’s important that you start taking steps to set yourself apart from other candidates. Organizations tend to be flooded with applications during the month of January, making it especially difficult for candidates to stand out in the applicant pool. Fortunately, there are ways you can counteract this challenge and position yourself in a way that is most memorable to hiring managers. Here are three tips to help you navigate the job search and position yourself in the best way possible:
Focus on your specific skills and experience.
While this may seem obvious, too many candidates present themselves too generically to employers – causing them to easily get lost in the shuffle. Instead of focusing on what you think the employer wants to see or what other candidates will be sharing, narrow in on what specific skills and experiences make you uniquely qualified for the position. This involves taking a close look at your former jobs and education to determine how your strengths and talents connect to the role to which you’re applying. You’ll also want to identify how your background and abilities would contribute positively to the organization at large.
Always be responsive and professional.
It’s surprising how many candidates fail to communicate professionally, neglecting to get back to hiring managers in a timely manner. One of the simplest, yet most impactful, ways to stand out as a candidate is by being responsive to an employer’s phone calls and emails. Communicating promptly with hiring managers shows that you respect their time and demonstrates the interest in the position. It’s important that you make sure your communication with employers is your top priority during the job search and interviewing process.
Send a thank you note after interviews.
Sending interviewers a thank you note immediately after interviews are essential for standing out from other candidates and making a lasting impression. While it’s ideal to send a handwritten note, a thoughtfully written email will suffice as well. In your note, be sure to express appreciation to the interviewer for their time and consideration of you as a candidate. You should also express why you enjoyed learning about the organization and reiterate why you believe you’d be a good fit for the position.
With increasing competition for jobs, you must make every effort possible to distinctly present yourself and your qualifications to potential employers. As you embark on your job search in the new year, keeping the tips above in mind will help you stand out from the crowd and land a new position in no time.
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