How to stand out from the crowd

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It is important to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd if you want to find a job which you are really excited about. You need to make an impression that will make people remember you. This impression both needs to be on paper such as on your resume and cover letter as well as in person. Below you can find some tips to stand out from the crowd.


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Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

Your resume and cover letter should be tailored according to the job description. Short and to the point sentences are key to achieving success. Don’t forget that a person like you will read these and s/he doesn’t know you so that you need to bring out your abilities that will fit the most to the requirements of the position.

Network

It is about who you know nowadays. Therefore, use all opportunities to meet with new people in your field. You can do this by going to conferences, industry events or career fairs or by trying to message key people in your desired companies through social media. Many jobs are filled without even posting a job ad online. These types of jobs are advertised internally only and candidates are found through referrals of current employees.

Always be Prepared

You may never know where you will meet with a potential hiring manager. Maybe in one of the events you attend, you will come across with one. Therefore, always be prepared for an interview. Do your research about potential employers you want to work for and show your knowledge to the person you are interviewing with.

Be Yourself

No matter what you do, do not behave like someone else or do not try to imitate someone else. Employers should hire you because of who you are and this means a combination of both your skills and abilities along with your personality and character. However, always try to be friendly, positive, engaged and enthusiastic because these are the attitudes that will make you remembered among others.

Never Give Up

Don’t forget that you will get rejected and not once or twice but most of the time. However, don’t let it discourage you. Always keep looking for new options. It may take longer than you think but sooner or later you will definitely find a company that is willing to hire you and will make you an offer. The important point here is to always keep your momentum until you have an official offer that you are really willing to accept.

This article first appeared on Personal Branding Blog