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Seeking out and applying for a new job can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what hiring managers are looking for. However, there are valuable steps you can take to make a powerful, lasting and positive impression on others, whether it be recruiters or just people you network with. Taking these steps can also improve your chances of landing the job you really want. If you are in the market for a new job, here are five easy ways to stand out from other applicants.


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1. Write a Stellar Resume


If you want to stand out from the crowd and prove you are the best applicant for the job, you will need to craft a professional and effective resume. Your resume may be the most important component of your job search, and more than likely, it will have a huge impact on whether you are called in for an interview. Studies show that managers spend a relatively brief amount of time actually reading resumes, an average of 10 seconds, so you must create a document that grabs the attention of readers within that time. Make sure they read the skills and experiences you want to highlight by placing them towards the top of your resume.

 

If you aren’t sure how to make your resume a page or less, or how to maximize the information you put on it, you may want to consider hiring a professional resume writing service such as Employment Boost. They can provide helpful insight and make your resume crisp, concise, and marketable.


However, if you are going to write your own resume, it can help to do the following:


Use a unique and visually appealing format.

Proofread to avoid misspelling words and making grammatical errors.

Limit your resume to one page in length (this is not a hard and fast rule).

Write a powerful and compelling professional summary.

Incorporate keywords from the initial job posting into your resume.


When writing your resume, only include information about past jobs if they are related to or required the same skills as the one you are applying for.


2. Follow Up


Very few applicants actually follow up after a job interview, but many don’t realize doing so can land you the job and set you apart from other applicants. It is wise and looks really good to send a thank-you email or note within 24 hours after the interview. About a week later, send out another email if you haven’t heard anything back from the interviewer. Use this second email to promote yourself again and highlight your talents. Following up can show the hiring manager you are genuinely interested in the job you applied for.


3. Write a “Pain Letter”


Instead of a run-of-the-mill cover letter, you may want to submit a “pain letter” in instead. A pain letter, much like a cover letter, underscores your qualifications and interest in the job. However, unlike a cover letter, it identifies a problem the company or department is facing and provides a detailed solution. Applicants can use a pain letter as an opportunity to show off their knowledge base and prove they are the right candidate for the job. Remember, a cover letter isn’t about what the company can do for you, but rather how you can be an asset to the company. Make them desperate to hire you!


4. Ask Detailed Questions


It can be easy to forget an interview is supposed to be a two-way street and interviewers will be expecting you to ask questions. During most interviews, hiring managers will set aside time for your questions about the position and the company, and if you do not have any lined up, you may come off as unprepared and uninterested. Most companies will expect you to inquire about:


Compensation and employment benefits

Potential advancement opportunities

Problems faced by the company or department

Company culture and expectations


If there is no posted salary, it is acceptable to inquire about compensation – you may want to avoid working for companies that do not discuss salary when hiring.


5. Utilize Your Professional Network


Networking can be immensely helpful during a job search, and if you can contact a recruiter or hiring manager prior to applying or interviewing, you can greatly improve your chances of getting hired. Reaching out to company workers beforehand can also prove you have an interest in the company and the open position. Even just reaching out to your network for informational interviews can be a huge bonus. Don’t necessarily go just to ask for a job, but to ask for advice, get referrals, and build rapport within the company.


Stand Out for the Right Reasons

 

By keeping the tips listed above in mind, you can stand out for all the right reasons and increase your chances of getting the job you desire.

 

Seeking out and applying for a new job can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what hiring managers are looking for. Virtually everyone will have the task of having to find a new job eventually, but many people do not know there are steps you can take to make a powerful, lasting, and most importantly, positive, impression on others. Taking these steps can also improve your chances of landing the job you really want.

 

If you are in the market for a new job, here are five easy ways to stand out from other applicants.


Dawn Castell is a budding entrepreneur. After graduating with her MBA, she spent a few years working in the CPG industry and a few more working in the business tech industry before she set off to start her own business. She has been consulting with businesses, large and small, on the side ever since.

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