How to stand out and get an interview

Once you have found a job you want to apply for, you need to do whatever you can do to get noticed and land an interview. In a competitive job world, you need to make the extra time & effort to stand out as this could be the difference between getting an interview or not. Here are some tips to help you to stand and get an interview:

Get creative & think outside the square with your application - consider the company you are applying for, their brand style and get creative. Try an application designed like an infographic or use some sort of visual to attach it to. You can find lots of creative ideas on sites like Pinterest so do your research

Put yourself in your potential boss’ shoes – remember they are busy and time poor so you don’t have long to get their attention. Remember the context in which they might be looking at your application. They are likely going to be distracted, being interrupted and could be inundated with applications to make it as easy as possible for them to see you have the skills for the job.

Ask for referrals from people you know and trust – many jobs come from people who you know in your network. Look at how you know and get in touch with them. You never know who they might be able to put you in touch with. They might even know of a potential job for you so make those connections

Ensure your LinkedIn profile is pimped – your LinkedIn profile is one of the first places a potential employer or recruiter looks. Make sure you have a great photo, header image and as much information as possible that showcases your expertise and skills.

Do your research and be proactive - One thing that impresses potential employers is people who have taken some time to research their company and are proactive in their approach. Also, do your research on the industry. This shows that you are proactive, knowledge and not afraid to take time to learn which are valuable traits to employers.

Use video applications – a video is hugely underutilized but a great way to stand out as it showcases our personality, your attitude and how your present. There are several free tools you can use to film a short video on your laptop or phone so write a short script and do a few practice runs and wow them with your video application.

Check spelling and grammar – Do a spell check and use a free tool like Grammarly to check your spelling and grammar throughout your application. An application full of mistakes will get moved to the no pile very quickly. It matters!

Create a great impression on every interaction – from the call with a receptionist to meeting your potential boss. Other people can influence the decision and will share information your attitude and how you treated people in the application stages

These simple tips can move you from excited job seeker to excited employee if you make the time and effort to stand out and get noticed by all the other applicants.

Published by: Admin Officer on Feb 14, 2018