The littlest things can sometimes have a huge impact during the job search! Yes, you want a powerful resume, effective cover letter and great responses to interview questions, but the small details can truly elevate your job search and set yourself apart from other candidates. Here are simple tips:
Maintain Your Brand
Think of yourself as your own brand. What does this mean exactly? Essentially, your personal brand is how you want people to perceive you. For example, if you’re in marketing and you’re passionate about the industry, you might want to brand yourself as an industry expert. So how do you do this? There are several ways:
- Polish and align your social media presence
- Share industry news and trends on social media
- Obtain a personal website
- Join a related professional association
Having a solid personal brand can catch hiring managers’ eyes. It makes it easier for hiring managers to remember who you are, as well as your knowledge and experience. Reflect on who you are as a professional and how you want others to think of you; then instill this image and maintain it everywhere you can.
Looking professional is a very easy way to make yourself more hirable, especially during interviews. Most of the time, you should wear suit. However, you need to make sure you’re tidy and conservative regardless of what you wear. Iron and lint roll your outfit. Men, avoid flashy cufflinks, distracting ties, heavy cologne and jewelry. Ladies, wear conservative shoes and skip the statement jewelry, over-powering perfume and heavy makeup.
Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is something most employers look for in candidates. You can set yourself apart by not just saying you have good attention to detail, but by proving it through:
- Returning calls from hiring managers promptly
- Responding to hiring managers’ emails as soon as you can
- Providing thorough information when hiring managers request it
- Reviewing your application and all communication for grammar/spelling errors
Nonverbal communication is much more poignant than what you say. There are several specific things to keep in mind during your interview or other meetings with hiring managers:
- Having a solid handshake
- Smiling and making good eye contact
- Using minimal hand gestures
- Having good posture
If you’re afraid you will be too nervous during your interview to be cognizant of your nonverbal communication, you can practice interviewing with trust friends or mentors to get more comfortable.
Sometimes it truly is the little things that can set you apart, so keep these simple tips in mind to make yourself more hirable.
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