Whether you are unemployed or fancy a change of scenery, you have to stand out from the crowd. And, that isn’t easy seeing as the group is saturated with candidates looking to secure the same position. So, what should you do to make yourself more appealing? Well, the answer to that is varied and wide-ranging because there are lots of tactics that work. However, the ones below are the most effective and have been for a while. Hopefully, they will come in handy when you are on the hunt for a new position.
Good First Impression
Employers are like real estate investors in the sense that they make a decision based on an initial judgement. Flawed though it may be, it is the way the industry works, so you have to get on board. Now that you know this design flaw, you can use it to your advantage. The first port of call is to tidy up your resume so that it wows from the very first sentence. Try keeping it short and sweet, and only include details that are relevant. Also, don’t be afraid to come across as confident as it is a desirable quality for employers. Let’s face it, they don’t want people that will shrink into the background.
Pique Their Curiosity
Successful job candidates are the ones that get a recruiter to think ‘wow, I want to meet this person.’ Not only do they stick in their mind, but they have a sense of mystery which makes them exciting. As such, it’s essential that you include details that are not only work related. Mysterious candidates are the people that have worked abroad or volunteered for programs. If any of this applies to your life, ensure it is on the application.
Come Highly Recommended
Businesses don’t trust many people because the industry is cutthroat. But, the sources they do trust they rely on heavily. So, if you can infiltrate this tight-knit community, you will almost have one foot in the door. One method is to sign up to an Executive search company and get them to recommend you for the role. Or, you may want to ask a friend/contact to put in a good word. Another pretty simple tactic is to provide top notch references. After all, if the references are reputable, then so is the person they endorse.
Dress To Impress
It is the elephant in the room, yet no doubt looks matter in business. At the end of the day, companies hire candidates that walk the walk as well as talk the talk. The reason is that their employees represent the firm. And they can’t have a slob walking around ruining the perception of the brand. Quite simply, you need to dress to the nines to have any chance of being accepted into the fold. That means wearing tailored clothes, being alert and receptive, and having confidence. It sounds archaic, but it does work because the industry still uses this principle.
Okay, maybe not Google and Facebook, but the majority of traditional firms around the world do.
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