Of course you do.
With hiring managers reviewing sometimes hundreds of resumes a day, or interviewing dozens of candidates, finding a way to differentiate yourself from the competition can certainly improve your odds of landing the job.
And you’re in luck! You don’t need to do anything lavish or crazy to get noticed.
Here are some small actions that can make some big impressions:
- Show that you’re serious about the interview. Arrive early, dress for success, bring copies of your resume, do your homework on the company, and have questions ready.
- Be friendly to the front desk attendant.. They are more than the “face” of the company. They are also a company’s eyes and ears. Be professional. Smile. Don’t treat the receptionist as either invisible or beneath you. You want to have this person on your side if/when they are asked for their opinion of you!
- Say “thank you.” A thank-you message is a great way to keep your name top of mind – and reiterate your interest in the position. Email thank-you messages are perfectly acceptable, and may be preferable to a call, since hiring managers are usually busy. Consider a handwritten thank-you note if you have time. It says that you cared enough to write, stamp and mail your thanks.
- Let your personality shine! Promptness, preparedness and professionalism are important – that’s a given. But the goal is for you to stand out from the rest! So don’t be afraid to be YOU. People who are genuine, who seem human, are more likely to make a connection or a more positive impression than someone who may have the same experience and credentials but acts and sounds like a robot.
If you want some help with your job search, consider partnering with a staffing firm.
At TERRA, we are experts at helping people find the Right Fit™.
We not only provide excellent coaching to our candidates on how to shine during the interview process, we have taken an innovative approach to helping our talent get noticed – TERRA’s Talent Showcase, a one-stop-shop for prospective employers looking to take a sneak peek at some of the exceptional talent we work with.
It’s just one more way we help our candidates stand out.
Contact TERRA Staffing Group today to learn how we can help.