It’s a tough job market out there, and with some companies receiving hundreds of applications (sometimes per day!), it can also be where your resume gets lost in the shuffle.
As the landscape becomes more competitive, it’s increasingly important to work hard to set yourself apart from other applicants in your industry. Here are some tips for standing out in the job search process:
1. Follow Up/Be Persistent
We can’t stress this enough – follow up with your applications or interviews! Don’t shy away from reaching out to the company to check on the progress of your application. You’re more likely to get direct feedback this way and to nudge the team to move forward in the process if they intend to.
Also if, after an interview, you were told that you lacked certain skills or mandatory requirements, don’t give up! Brush up on the relevant training, reading, and certifications, and then send updates with your recent accomplishments to the team. This keeps you at the forefront of their minds and also shows initiative.
2. Be Mindful of Your Online Portfolio/Website (or Lack Thereof)
Are you a developer who has completed several projects on the side, or a technical writer who has written for multiple publications and/or done graphic design for proposals?
An online portfolio or website is the perfect medium for you to show off both the breadth and depth of your skills and to lock in your next interview request! For job searching purposes, you’ll want to keep content directly or closely related to your field. Examples of content include relevant work samples, letters of recommendation, a mission statement, and a professional resume.