How To Stand Out When Searching and Applying for a Job

June 24, 2019 4 Corner Resources 4 Corner Resources

Many large employers in Florida, and elsewhere across the country, are flooded with applications when they list an open position. If you are looking for a new job, you’re probably thinking, “how can you stand out from the crowd and position yourself as a strong contender for the position?” This is a great question, but the answer is multi-faceted. Below is a list of recommended strategies and action steps you should implement if you are currently looking to land a new job in Florida or elsewhere.  

Put Your Best Foot Forward

How you present yourself while searching for a new job can make a major impact on whether you become a serious contender for an open position. You need to put your best foot forward. This means presenting your very best in a positive, upbeat manner (e.g., be conscious of your facial expressions, tone of voice, body language, how you dress, etc.)  

Even if you never expected to search for a new job and are feeling down on the inside, you need to put a brave face on and portray enthusiasm about locating your next career. Set yourself apart by expressing the value you offer to employers. Avoid discussing your “current situation” or mentioning the amount of time you’ve been unemployed. Employers want to see and hear confidence. They do not want to know how difficult life has been since you were let go.

Build and Utilize Your LinkedIn Network

Many recruiters and hiring managers utilize LinkedIn to review professional talent. This is why it is imperative that you are not only on LinkedIn, but active. Make sure your bio page is filled out completely and includes unique facts and experienced in your background to help your profile stand out.  

Networking Never Ends

Remember that networking never ends. You don’t necessarily need to attend a bunch of networking events, but you do need to connect with new people on a regular basis. While it may be advantageous to attend certain networking events, it is more important to focus your efforts on connecting with people who may provide you with your next job opportunity.

Work on your telephone skills

Many people nowadays rarely talk on an actual phone. They text, email, Snapchat, etc. Therefore, we recommend that you actually work on your old school telephone skills. For example, make sure you answer your phone promptly and professionally. Why is this important? Because whether it’s a telephone interview or a conversation with a potential contact, you need to be fully prepared for the call. Set yourself apart by being articulate and expressing your views clearly. Always think of how you can show value to a potential employer and include your relevant accomplishments in your conversation. Also don’t forget to include a call-to-action such as “When can I meet with the hiring manager at the company?” or, “It would be great to meet for coffee to discuss the position in more depth.”

Create a Compelling Resume and Cover Letter

The quality of your resume and cover letter will have a major impact on how you are viewed by a prospective employer and whether you have a legitimate chance to land that dream job. If your resume and/or cover letter is littered with spelling errors, typos, and grammatical mistakes, then you are shooting yourself in the foot and taking yourself out the running before an employer has even had a chance to meet you.  
Thus, it is so important to take the time to proofread your professional documents to ensure they are flawless. Better yet, have other people proofread what you submit to employers so another set of fresh eyes can review the spelling and grammar (along with offering a fresh perspective on what you’ve listed on your resume).
You can set yourself apart in this area by not only submitting an error-free resume and cover letter but making sure your resume and cover letter are tailored for a particular job.  

Listen to Others and Be Other-Centric

You can set yourself apart from others by simply listening to others. Go a step further and ask what you can do for others before asking for advice or help. You will be amazed at how other-centric individuals often wind up setting themselves apart and having many more doors open to them.  

Follow Up the Right Way

After a job interview, make sure you follow up with the company and show your appreciation for their time and the opportunity to be considered for the position. This is another simple action that many people ignore, yet can really help bolster your chances of landing the job.  

Looking for a New Job? Contact 4 Corners Resources Today

If you are looking for a new job and want an edge, consider contacting an experienced recruiter or headhunter. They can help ensure you land a job that fulfills and challenges you professionally. If you are considering retaining the services of a recruiter, contact 4 Corner Resources. We are a nationally-recognized recruitment and staffing agency that helps employers locate their desired positions in the marketplace. Headquartered in central Florida, 4 Corner Resources continually ranks among leading Orlando headhunters.  Contact 4 Corner Resources today to start a discussion if you are looking for a new career or are hiring a replacement for a vacant position within your organization.


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