If you’re on the hunt for a new job, it can sometimes seem like you’re sending your resume into a black hole of oblivion. This is certainly a common feeling – and, as are result, some job candidates resort to crazy stunts to get noticed.
However, as one of the leading employment agencies in Tempe, PrideStaff can tell you that you don’t need send the hiring manager free concert tickets, take out an ad in the newspaper, or submit your latest glamour shot in order to stand out.
In fact, there are a few simple and subtle things you can do that will not only set you apart, but also help you make a positive first impression. Here’s a look:
Leverage Your Network.
When you find a job you’re interested in, the first thing you should do is see if anyone in your network works at the company or knows someone who does. A referral from someone the hiring manager knows is going to be far more effective in convincing them to bring you in for an interview than a resume. So use the power of social media sites – like LinkedIn – to see where your connections work and reach out to them for help.
Connect With Company Representatives.
Speaking of social media sites, you should also follow companies you want to work for and their employees on Twitter, like them on Facebook and try to connect with them via LinkedIn. When you do, not only will you learn more about the company – and be able to better evaluate whether it’s a good fit for you – but you’ll also hopefully land on the radar of a hiring manager in the process.
Also, if the company is holding a job fair, or hosting a community event, attend and try to connect with a hiring manager there. When you become a known face or name, they’re much more likely to bring you in for an interview than if you’re a stranger.
Rename Your Resume File.
Rather than sending a resume with the file name “resume,” use your name and even your job title in the file name; for instance: “Michael Smith_Resume” or “Michael Smith_Project Manager.” Doing so will help you stand out to a hiring manager and also make your resume easier to find.
Follow Up With the Hiring Manager.
Right after an interview, send a thank you note to the hiring manager reiterating your enthusiasm for the job and why you think you’re a good fit. It sounds like such a simple step – and it is; yet, many job candidates don’t do it. And it’s just one more opportunity to stand out in the mind of the hiring manager and hopefully land the position.
Need Expert Help Finding Your Next Job?
If you’re struggling to find your next job and would like some expert help with the process, let PrideStaff know. As one of the leading employment agencies in Tempe, we work with top employers in the area and can give you access to exciting and rewarding jobs that aren’t always advertised.