The Things That Will Always Make You Stand Out When Applying For Jobs

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When you’re applying for jobs, you want to make sure you get through the mounds and mounds of other applications and resumes and actually get noticed. Then, once they have noticed you, you want to make sure you go one step further and actually land the job! Below are some ideas of things that will make you stand out when applying for jobs. Take a look and see what you can use!

Creating An Amazing Resume

Having an amazing resume is so important, whatever job you’re going for. If you’re not sure where to start or how to lay it out, you can use a site like https://livecareer.com/resume-builder to help you. Make sure you take your time crafting an eye catching profile, only talk about relevant experience and qualifications, and show examples of what you did using facts and figures. The more facts and figures you can use to back up your results, the better.

A Great Cover Letter

Never ever forget to write an awesome cover letter that backs up your application. In your cover letter you should tell the employer who you are, where you would fit in their company, and why you want to work for them. This is your opportunity to back up the profile bit in your resume and talk a little more about yourself. If you’re unsure of where to begin, again you can find a ton of examples online.

Making Sure You Fit The Company Culture

Hopefully, you’ve done research on the different companies you’re applying to when job hunting; making sure you fit the company culture is imperative for your happiness and success at a company. Plus, if you’ve already made sure you’re an awesome fit, all you have to do is highlight that in your resume and cover letter.

Have Some Glowing References Behind You

Make sure you have some glowing references behind you – they should know they might be getting a call, as well as what your goals are for your career. This means they can tailor what they say and make sure they show you in the most positive light.

Have An Awesome Online Portfolio

An online portfolio can be a fantastic way to show off your work. Create one and direct potential employers to it so that can immediately see what you can do.

Make An Awesome First Impression

The first impression counts during an interview, or even when you drop your CV in. Dress for success, practice your handshake, and make sure your body language is positive. Really listen to the person interviewing you by practicing active listening. Imitate certain gestures and body language (not in an obvious way) and you may be able to build a faster connection with the interviewer.

The above things will nearly always make you stand out when applying for jobs. See what you can do and you should find yourself with a position in your dream role or company before long. Leave your own thoughts and advice below!

3 Ways To Slay Your Next Interview

Resumes don’t get you hired, interviews do.

A solid resume is like having a driver’s license. It doesn’t mean you’re a good driver, but it qualifies you to be on the road.

As the traditional resume fades out, the need for strong interview skills becomes even more important.

Here are 3 ways to prepare for your next interview:

1. Do Your Research – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s not. Viewing the company website, about us page and mission statement is a good place to start, but not enough. Search LinkedIn for current employees from the company, connect and ask them about their experience. While you’re there locate the recruiter posting the position and request a connection to increase your chances of your application being seen. Do informational interviews with workers in similar roles. Look on Glassdoor for company reviews, both pros and cons. Browse their social media presence to observe the culture and what current issues are being discussed. There’s too much public information out there to go into an interview blindly. Finding a role that fits today is as much about the cultural fit as it is about being your “dream job.”

2. Improve Self-Awareness – One question you’re guaranteed to be asked is “Tell me about your strengths” or “What is your greatest weakness?” (sometimes both) This comes down to how well you really know yourself. If you have a hard time answering either of these questions you clearly didn’t do your homework. No matter what role you’re applying for your strengths and weaknesses shouldn’t change. In fact, if you truly want to be remembered illustrate your strengths in a past example then spin your weakness into a strength. If you’re having trouble articulating what you do well take the StrengthsFinder assessment. It will give you 5 things you excel at and their belief is there is no such thing as weaknesses, just overdone strengths. The most successful leaders in any industry are self-aware. Let that marinate in your mind for a second.

3. Lengthen the ConversationWant to know when your chances of landing the role decrease the most? When your interview ends quickly. The dynamic of a strong interview can be dictated by you the interviewee IF facilitated right. Most applicants focus on answering the questions right, but once you realize it’s a conversation it becomes more about engagement than sheer information. There’s usually a point where the interviewer asks if you have any questions. This is your time to shine. Questions such as, “How did you find this company? What does a successful candidate look like in this role? What’s a great cultural fit here?” takes the focus off you and reveals what they’re truly looking for in a fit. The last position I got hired for included 4 interviews, the first 3 being fairly short (thought I was out of the running), but the final one lasted 90 minutes in which I was offered a contract on the spot. Treat your interviews like grabbing coffee with a friend. The more you have to talk about the less it is about what you say, but how you say it that people remember. Let’s be honest, if the interviewer(s) don’t like you, even if you’re a strong candidate, there’s no way you’re getting hired. Being likable won’t land you a job, but it also can give you a leg up on the competition.

Interviews can be tough, but your mental preparation can make the greatest difference. Like most things in life, practice may not result in perfect, but it sure makes for better. Remember confidence is built over time. Follow the steps above before your next interview and expect the best outcome to happen!

How To Be A Storyteller During Your Next Interview

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Applying for jobs sucks, but if you get to the interview process here’s a way to stand out:

Tell stories.

Since the beginning of time stories have always engaged us. During an interview, telling a story will calm your nerves while painting a memorable image in the mind of the interviewer.

In fact, if you can tell a story about a past experience accenting how you used personal strengths you’ve nailed it.

Past behavior questions tend to be the most accurate predictor of future prowess. It’s not 100%, but it’s proof you’ve done it before so you can do it again.

The easiest way to implement this strategy is planning ahead of time. Think of 3 stories that illustrate your strengths clearly and remember them. Most likely you’ll be asked a question like, “What are your strengths? or Why should we hire you?” Now it’s story time…

Interviews are perceived as intimidating, but similar to public speaking the only way to get better is through practice. You can easily simulate an interview by role playing. Anticipate the toughest questions ahead of time and you’ll be fine during the real thing.

Interviewing relies on self-awareness. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be able to communicate them clearly. For the question, “What is your biggest weakness?” always answer it in a positive way (otherwise you’ll shoot yourself in the foot). For example: “I’m impatient. I like to move at a fast pace. I care about efficiency because time is money. I like to push others to move with a sense of urgency.”

See what a did there? I took a potential weakness and flipped it into a strength.

Some interviewers play games, but most ask similar questions.

Do your research.

Practice.

And most of all…tell stories.

It makes you memorable.