By Corey Hastings
It’s no secret that the job search process can be complex and trying at times. It’s also no secret that your application will face a lot of tough competition.
So how do you stand out from the crowd? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you differentiate yourself and get your resume to the top of the stack.
1. Quantifiable Achievements
While you may possess the top skills needed to fill the position, so may everyone else who is applying. Differentiate yourself by letting numbers do the talking. Quantifying your achievements will allow hiring managers to form a clear image of what your skills can do for their company. Numbers provide an impact.
Do you work in sales? Provide a summary of how much you sell by month. Do you manage a team? List how many people work under you. If you don’t manage, maybe you’ve helped train 10 incoming employees. Have you ever managed a large budget? Disclose how much.
Providing hard data and metrics on your resume is not only impressive, but crucial for making your resume stand out.
2. Beyond the Resume
A resume is a great starting point to show off your skills, but have you thought beyond the resume? If you catch a hiring manager’s eye with quantifiable achievements and experience, we suggest offering additional resources where they can learn more about you and your work.
An online portfolio can act as a one-stop-shop to communicate your expertise. Use this platform to go into detail about projects or talents that you didn’t have room for elaboration on your resume. You can also use it as a place to list references, find a downloadable version of your resume, share your contact information and link to your Linkedin profile.
Additional resources like an online portfolio also display your dedication and drive, and show that you’re not afraid to go the extra mile.
3. Following Up
To some it may seem obvious, but following up after a job interview is not something to let slip through the cracks. But what is the best way to follow up?
After any type of interview, be it phone or in person, following up with a thank you note or email is a great idea. We suggest taking your follow up one step further by providing a brief summary of key topics of discussion and reiterating why you’re fit for the job.
There’s no need to recount every little detail of your conversation. Instead, focus on recapping the most poignant topics and why you’re the best fit to succeed. This summary will allow the interviewee to recall your interview with ease, and share details they may have forgotten with others involved in the hiring process.
To recall what was discussed and the names of the people you interviewed, make it a habit to write down notes immediately post-interview. This will ensure that you have all the proper information you need to craft the perfect follow up.