So, you worked hard in college, earned a degree and now you’re ready to step out into the workforce. Guess what? More than a million Americans graduate with a college degree each year. How do you impress a prospective recruiter? What steps can you take to stand out?
Use the following tips to differentiate yourself from the large pool of job seekers.
#1: Gain the appropriate experience
Have you completed an internship in your specialization? If not, find one that builds your skills and expertise. Most recruiters prefer experienced candidates. If you can come to an interview with experience that other candidates do not have, you will separate yourself from the pack.
#2: Be a problem solver
The world is full of problems, but very few problem solvers. It doesn’t matter which career path you decide to pursue, problem solvers are in short supply. It’s impossible to know every answer, but if you’re someone who knows how to find the right answer or solution, employers will be lining up to hire you. Be a problem solver.
Companies are seeking hard working employees that care about people. Invest time in others. Help to make the world a better place. Most employers started their company in order to solve a problem. Taking action to make the world a better place can resonate with a prospective employer. It also shows positive moral values and selflessness. Both are necessary to be successful in business and life.
#4: Write an impressive Resume
Your resume is one of the biggest tools you have to market your job skills. It should look clean, organized and highlight your strengths as a potential candidate. Recruiters look through dozens of resumes a day. In order to stand out, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of your personality. You want to be the person your recruiter remembers when they evaluate resumes for interviews.
#5: Be active online
The internet contains the largest collection of ideas and information in the world. Even if you graduated top of your class, technology and trends change at breakneck speeds and your skills (and future employer) will suffer if you are not consistently learning. Join social media groups and professional forums to stay updated on best practices and industry trends in your profession.
#6: Write a persuasive cover letter
Write a cover letter that best describes your education, skills, and abilities. Let the employer know why you are the best fit for the job. Indicate some significant problems you solved in the past and how you can solve similar problems if you are hired. Don’t be afraid to add personality to your cover letter. Recruiters have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of cover letters, but they’ve never met anyone like you. Use your cover letter to show employers who you are.
#7: Impress at the job interview
Job interviews are a lot like first dates. You want to look your best, feel your best, and get to know your prospective employer. Remain confident, but humble. Explain how your current skills pertain to the job you are applying for. Recruiters are trained to interview people and weed out the elite, from everyone else. Research every company you interview with and set yourself apart from other job seekers.
Are you a job seeker or an employer interested in staffing solutions? Do you have tips/tricks to help separate someone from the pack? Comment below!