Ways to differentiate yourself when applying to jobs, how to make a memorable first impression, etc.
Even when it seems like there are lots of jobs available, you still want to stand out as the best candidate on the market. Employers will seek you out, recruiters will want to work with you, and it may even help you leverage more money during the salary negotiation process. But how can you stand out as a candidate? We have tips that will help you be at the top of your game.
Research The Company
You’d be surprised to learn how many candidates fail to prepare themselves for the interview process by conducting due diligence around the company they’ve applied to. You should know the market, the job description, and the company. If you’re on LinkedIn, you should try to connect to other people that work in the company. You may already have someone in your network that currently works there. All of this pre-interview work will help you go into the meeting with more confidence and make you stand out from the crowd.
Show Your Resilience
Sticking it out in a company that is experiencing turmoil is one way to exhibit resilience. Working while putting yourself through school is another example. If you’re a new graduate and you achieved academic excellence or handled your studies while playing sports, this puts you in a good light with employers. Maybe you worked two jobs at one point to help pay down your student loans. All of these things show your resilience, grit, and determination—all characteristics that set you apart.