Any time you apply for a job, you should always consider the fact that you probably aren’t the only applicant.
Perhaps if you could just get your foot in that door, you could prove why you’re the best fit.
But how can you make yourself stand out from the competition if you can’t even land an interview? We’ve got some quick tips to help you increase your chances of getting to the interview phase.
Provide the Best Résumé
Of course, it’s pretty obvious that having the cleanest, nicest, and overall best résumé will help you stand out. And your cover letter should also be clear and concise as well.
Make sure your résumé is tailored to the job for which you’re applying. It should also thoroughly highlight your relevant skills and strengths. Trust us, the person reviewing résumés can tell the difference between a generic résumé and one that genuinely and intentionally has their company in mind.
Be Your Own Personal Brand
A little marketing expertise can go a long way. Try to follow a theme that is continued throughout all of your application materials. Your LinkedIn, résumé, business cards, and portfolio should all appear to match one another.
Make sure you use the same fonts, colors, and any other visual elements to tie everything together. It will help you look a lot more professional.
Do Your Homework
Before applying for a position, make sure you do your research first. This way if you do receive a call, it’ll show that you’ve spent time learning about the job and the company. By showing you’ve clearly done your homework, it’ll also demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm.
The résumés most likely to get shifted to the top of the pile are those of people who have connections. It may sound unfair, but there’s really nothing to stop you from doing some networking, too.
Make sure you’re really using your LinkedIn account to its greatest potential. Also, try networking outside of social media as well. The more people you have in your personal network, the more likely you are to have your own connections.
Always Follow Up
Unless you’ve already received a rejection letter, you should definitely check with the company in after sending your résumé.
It’s important to quickly follow up with the company – and be assertive! If you know the name of the hiring manager, give them a call to let them know you’ve applied. (This also gives you a brief opportunity to sell yourself a little – just don’t be too pushy.) Tell them you’d love to stop in for an interview so you can show them why you’d be the ideal candidate.