As a job seeker, it's hard enough getting anyone's attention in today's crowded business world--let alone your dream company. You're just another resume in an ocean of compelling and qualified candidates. Of course, a standout cover letter and a perfect resume can help you make the first-round cut, but where do you go from there?
Standing out as a job candidate often takes time and effort. If you're willing to put in the work, you can make your way onto the radar of the company you want to work for, and impress them enough to land that perfect job. These tips will help you get noticed, and get hired.
Polish your presentation--in person and online
You know you have to make an impact when you show up for an interview, but your attention-grabbing strategy should begin before you even submit a resume for your dream company. It's essential to create an informative, well-rounded picture of yourself as a candidate worth hiring--in essence, to develop your professional brand.
Everything your potential employer will see, from your social profiles and online presence, to your resume, to you in person, should match your level of expertise and your personal style. Whether you're serious and determined, or a little bit quirky, each piece of content that represents you should reflect that.
Get (digitally) active
It's inevitable that when you apply for a job, the employer is going to look you up online. One of the best things you can do to improve your chances at getting noticed is to have a detailed and active presence on LinkedIn--which is practically the default social channel for hiring.
You should also look to establish yourself as an expert in other online corners, so your presence is apparent. Use Twitter to follow and interact with industry leaders, answer questions on Quora, or get involved in the most popular forums for your industry.
Social media can help you connect with employers face-to-face. Look for conferences that your dream employer will be attending, and contact them through social media to let them know you'll be there, and would love to meet up. It's a great way to set up a soft pre-introduction so you're not talking to company recruiters cold.
Keep growing professionally
Few things are more attractive to employers than a candidate who is always learning and growing. Each year, make sure you develop a list of your accomplishments that will impress potential employers, and be ready to integrate your newest achievements into your resume. Keeping it fresh shows that you're continually striving for improvement.
In addition, set professional goals for yourself, and hit them. Go beyond updating your resume and LinkedIn profile, and tackle those career advancement steps you've always meant to take, but never got around to. Take a course, earn a certification, join a professional organization--and apply for your dream job, knowing you're ready to get hired by the company you want.
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