Have you been applying to job after job, only to hear nothing back? To be a successful candidate in the job search process, it’s important to take steps to differentiate and set yourself apart from others in the talent pool. By being proactive with showcasing your credentials and making the right connections, you can significantly improve your job prospects. Here are some ways to start setting yourself apart from the competition:
Make connections with employers. It’s no longer enough to complete applications and click “send.” The most memorable candidates are those who take the time to connect with individuals at various companies personally. As a candidate, you can network with hiring managers and other types of professionals at career fairs, social gatherings, and industry events. The relationship-building process gradually allows you to generate referrals with employers of interest that can enhance your applications and allow you to gain more traction as a candidate.
Refresh your online presence. In today’s digital age, being active on social media means your perception as a candidate will take on an entirely new meaning in the eyes of employers. Evaluating your social media activities and making necessary adjustments to your posts, content, and overall messaging will refresh your online image and help you make a rock star impression to employers. The best candidates promote their professional skills and areas of expertise across many social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Follow up with employers. Following up with employers is just as important as the application process itself. Once you’ve interviewed with a hiring manager or other individual within an organization, it’s imperative to stay in touch and thank them for their time or assistance. Typically, sending a thank you note and connecting on LinkedIn are great ways to maintain contact and demonstrate an interest in the employer and job opportunity.
While the job search can be stressful, remember that you are your biggest asset! The sooner you follow the tips above, the easier it will be to land interviews – and ultimately get your dream job.
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