Subtle Tactics That Help Job Seekers Stand Out
Every job candidate wants to stand out from the crowd, especially in today's competitive employment market.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 6 unemployed workers competing, on average, for each job opening. That's the highest level since the bureau started tracking these figures nine years ago.
If you've been searching for a new position and haven't seen much success, you may be tempted to try more creative ways to get noticed. But beware: You can attract a prospective employer's attention in the wrong way.
When Robert Half International asked executives to describe the most unusual thing they had seen or heard an applicant do to distinguish him- or herself on the job hunt, examples included a candidate who sang during the interview and another who brought a 10-page binder detailing his work history.
Instead of these types of over-the-top tactics, try the following ones, which made positive impressions on the executives we surveyed:
Ask Questions 问问题
Most job seekers research a firm before being interviewed there, but many stop digging once they show up for the meeting. When speaking with the hiring manager, ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of the position and company. One executive in the survey noted that a job seeker "turned the table and wanted to know all about me. The tactic worked."
Some questions will come up naturally, but you also can prepare some for the hiring manager beforehand, such as "How did you start with the company, and what has your career proGREssion been?" Or you might ask about the firm itself: "I recently read about the company's new location in Europe. Does the firm have plans to continue expanding internationally?"