Fast Facts To Make You Standout as a Candidate

You’ve searched and searched and finally found a job you think would be a great fit. The bad news is, others probably are in the same situation. How do you make yourself stand out as a candidate from others who are just as qualified and just as eager for a chance?

Here are some fast facts that you can implement today to help you land that first interview and even the final offer:

Tailor your cover letter and resume.

The job description is designed to attract the right candidate, so why not design your cover letter and resume to be exactly what they want at first glance.

Boost your online presence.

Just as you will search for potential employers, they will do the same when your resume comes across their desk. Your social media should be tasteful and can showcase your work, when applicable. Professional social media sources should be up-to-date, with referrals and examples of your skills.

Be honest.

Don’t pad your resume with unnecessary information or anything that is untrue. Employers can spot lies and that most likely land you in the trash can.

Ensure all communication is flawless.

After all, your resume and cover letter are great, don’t get sloppy with reply emails and phone calls. Take the time to know what you’re going to say and the best way to say it.

Ask questions.

This creates a sense of engagement and the future employer will notice your interest. Of course, keep these questions limited to the job and company rather than salary and benefits, at the beginning stages.

Show your experience.

Don’t just list facts about who you are but be ready to discuss how you will fit in. Your experiences within the field will speak volumes rather than a list of tasks you can complete.

Send in your resume on a Monday.

Studies have shown these resumes go to the top of pile and are more likely to get an interview.

Mirror the behavior you see during the interview and within the communications.

If they are casual and fun, you can assume that’s how they are in real-life. You’ll want to step it up a notch from where they are but don’t go in wearing a suit if they wear jeans daily; wear a pair of pressed khakis, showing professionalism but also that you can fit right in.

Be ready to discuss specifics.

It won’t work to say you implemented new programs. Have numbers, names, and details ready to discuss. Pick one or two that you know well and talk about them.

Be the best version of yourself when it comes to job interviews. You don’t want to pretend to be someone you’re not as that won’t guarantee a good fit for the job but you can step up your regular behavior to present yourself in the best way possible. With locations in PortlandClackamasBeavertonEverett, and Vancouver, our skilled recruiters are ready to help you take the next step in your career. If you’re excited for a new challenge, call NW Staffing today.

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