Given the fact that there are many other qualified candidates who are applying for the same jobs that you are, you need to set yourself apart from the competition. But how? You probably have a similar professional trajectory as well as education as all the others.
Here are some ways that you can distinguish yourself and get the attention of employers:
1) Start by following companies on Twitter and LinkedIn. This will give you information about what is going on in those companies. This type of intelligence will come in handy when you approach contacts at those companies. Next, search for individuals who work in the department where you want to work who are your first, second, or third level connections on LinkedIn. You will have to tailor your approach for these connections based on how well you know them. If you are targeting second or third level connections, have your first level connections make introductions for you.
2) Connect with hiring managers and recruiters on LinkedIn and Twitter. Building relationships with hiring managers and recruiters on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter is a great way to ensure that your resume is taken seriously. After you have applied for a position through the formal process, try to find the name of the hiring manager on LinkedIn. You can also attempt to find that person on Twitter so that you can start a conversation on that site.
3) Look up former bosses and colleagues on LinkedIn and connect to them. You can use the Advanced Search function on LinkedIn to find people that you previously worked with. You can search by company name to find work associates, and you can also search by people’s names. This is a quick way to grow your network on LinkedIn and update these contacts on what you have been doing and what you are looking for now. You can uncover job openings this way, and because you have a personal connection with the people in your network, you can be top of mind for any new opportunities.
4) Analyze the vacancy announcement. After thoroughly reviewing the vacancy announcement, you should have a good idea of what the employer is looking for and how well your qualifications match the position’s requirements. Make sure that your qualifications come through clearly on the resume. Recruiters will be looking for an exact match.
5) Research the interviewers who will be conducting the interview. Usually you will get the names of the people who will be interviewing you from the person who schedules the interview. Find these people on Zoominfo, Jigsaw, LinkedIn, and Twitter so that you can find points of common interest. This will help you establish rapport during the interview and give them the idea that you will be a good fit in this organization.
By implementing these strategies you will demonstrate that you are truly interested in working for that specific employer, and the employer will see you as different from other candidates.
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