Taking Your Job Search and Resume Up a Notch
With competition for that ideal job being stiffer than ever these days, you need to stand out. Let's face it there are plenty of qualified people out there and while you used to be able to set yourself apart simply by being computer literate in today's times you need to be able to walk on water and have a skillset to prove it. You don't actually need to be able to do that to fulfill the job requirements but sometimes it seems like you have to do that in order to catch someone's attention. After a hiring manager weeds through hundreds of resumes, yours needs to bite him on the nose to have him sit up and take notice.
This is why I loved this recent post from MediaBistro called "How One Presentation Got Hanna Phan The Job Of Her Dreams"
This is what Hanna Phan created when she saw an opening at SlideRocket, the company that allows people to make these presentations.
In other words, Phan used the company’s own software to show why she would make a great hire.
“I was looking for a typical job and when the going gets tough and you don’t get any bites from the traditional way of looking for a job, sending out your resume, submitting it to HR portals, and you don’t get the response you want, I was pretty fed up and decided I had to do something pretty radically different,” she told MJD.
I love this story simply because it is so out of the box. While this example might be a little extreme and on the cute side, it drives home a very important point - you need to do some work before you hit the job application process. It's not a cut and paste and mail world anymore. Anything you can do to rise to the top is worth the effort. That said, whatever you choose should be tasteful, relevant, and appropriate given the type of position you are seeking. This is an example of one more way that being an employee has become more entrepreneurial.
Personally I have been fortunate to have set myself apart in the past during my corporate days. Some ways I made an impression included:
- Directly out of college my first hiring manager was impressed that I took advanced writing classes (not typical of accounting majors as you might imagine).
- During my career transition from accounting/finance to information technology (web design/development), they loved that I brought a business background with technical expertise (that I learned and applied before jumping companies).
- Freelance writing for an intranet technology portal caught the eye of the next hiring manager when I moved to the pharmaceutical industry (still information technology and web application development).
- Questions about a recent company news release stumped the hiring director during one of my interviews (stumping the chump is not recommended but it did drive home the point that I was up to date on company news...more up to date than he was!).
You don't have to hire a pilot to skywrite your resume, but anything and everything you can do to demonstrate to others that you have got the goods and will benefit the company is worth your time and effort.
What have you done to set yourself apart? What other great unique stories have you run across? Would love to hear from you in the comments...
Credit Image: Ben Sutherland via Flickr
Paula Gregorowicz, The Intuitive Intelligence™ Coach
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