How To Stand Out From The Other Job Seekers – JobMindz
When it comes to job hunting, it’s very safe to stick to the basics, standard CV templates, generic cover letters, physical portfolios and more. But keeping it safe doesn’t always get you noticed. In order to stand out from the others, it’s sometimes worth doing something a little out of the ordinary. Of course, this isn’t always advised but sometimes, a little originality can give your application that extra boost!.
Think Outside The Box:
It all depends on the type of job you are applying for and the company culture. Some companies will really enjoy the fact that you’ve attached your CV to a chocolate bar or you went out of your way to deliver it by foot with complimentary doughnuts and a coffee, others may not.
In order to get a good feel for the company and their values, have a look at their website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully, their social media profiles will provide an insight into their behind-the-scenes company culture. Even just reading their “About Us” section and the tone of voice that is portrayed can help you make a good judgement. If they brand themselves as a fun, creative company then perhaps the doughnut idea might just work. It’s best to make a good judgement before potentially humiliating yourself to your desired employer.
Less Is More:
You may want to add a little creativity to your CV by making it look more attractive in terms of layout, colour etc. This can be really effective, especially if it’s a creative or digital role you are applying for. Keep the font simple (and readable!) and don’t go overboard, you want to stand out but you still want to come across as professional.
Keep your employment history in chronological order and include the important sections such as hobbies, education etc. If you do end up designing your own creative CV make sure you have a standard CV available too, just in case they request it. Remember to stick to the usual rules when it comes to including photographs and age leave them off!
Lots of companies are starting to use Applicant tracking systems so make sure you don’t get too carried away with the design and you still include the relevant keywords and skills.
Show Yourself Off:
If you have a digital portfolio or a website, don’t copy and paste the URL into a paper copy of your CV that’s no use to anyone! Email a digital version straight to the employer or hiring manager. On your paper copy, state that you have sent a Digital CV to them. That way, if they want to check out your portfolio, they can with ease. The employer will see how proactive you are in your efforts to create an additional digital copy.
Whatever the role is that you are applying for, send along some of your work to show off your skills. By sending some example work along with your application you’ll be one step ahead.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to be you! Don’t put together a CV that doesn’t reflect any aspect of your personality. Recruiters and hiring managers want to know what you are like as a person as well as a candidate.
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