When applying for a new job, it’s probably pretty safe to assume that you are one of many applicants. If you could just snag an interview, you could show them just why you’re the perfect fit. So what do you need to do to get noticed? Check out these tips that could increase your odds to land that interview.
Your Best Resume
The first step will always be to have a killer resume that will help you stand out from the rest of the pile. You need to be clear and concise about what you’re bringing to the table, including your strengths and skills you possess, and what problems you can solve for the company. You also need to take the time to tailor your resume for the specific job you are applying for. The person hiring you will know the difference between an intentional application, and a generic resume that you’ve dropped all over town.
Do Your Research
Make sure you take the time to learn about the company you are interviewing for. If you haven’t taken the time to do this, it will show. If you have clearly done your research, it will make you more appealing and show that you are interested and eager.
Create a Brand
Having a theme that continues through all of your materials can make you look professional and help your materials stand out. Use the same font, colors, and other visual elements to tie your resume, business card, binder or folder, and any other items together.
Network, Network, Network!
If you want to find yourself at the top of the resume pile, you have to network! Make sure you’re well-connected on social media, such as LinkedIn, but also make sure you’re spending time networking outside of social media, as well. The more people you’ve got in your network, the more people you have to help you get into that interview seat.
It’s important to follow up and be assertive. When you apply, ask about the best way to contact them to check in. If you know who the hiring manager is, call them and let them know that you have applied for the position. Let them know that you are an excellent candidate and that you’d like to come in for an interview to show them why. If you don’t get an immediate response, you should also be respectful that they likely have other priorities as well, but you also should give up immediately. They will likely be impressed that you took the time to follow up.