Becoming a Remarkable Candidate

We have all asked ourselves the questions: Why was that person selected for the position over me?  What skills do they possess that I lack?  Now is the time to stop asking these questions; it’s time to take control of your career and stand out when applying for a job.  Here are some suggestions to make yourself stand out as a remarkable candidate:

  • Dress to impress – You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so you want to be sure you are coming to the interview dressed professionally.  Many companies will list how you should dress, whether its business casual or business professional, but if they don’t say then it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. 
  • Make a name for yourself – In Me 2.0, Dan Schawbel discusses a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, stating that “53% of hiring managers use social networks as background checks and 40% have not hired a candidate based on what they saw.”   The internet is a very powerful platform and if there is negative information posted about you, assume that the hiring manager will search and find it.  By doing things such as blogging, networking, and professionally posting on Twitter, you can help make a name for yourself, an impressive name you can be proud of.
  • Come prepared – Research the company you are interested in; you should know members of the Management Team, landmark dates and accomplishments and any other information you think would help you in an interview.  Come with questions that show you are genuinely interested in the company and the position you are applying for.
  • Send a thank you note – It is so easy to write a thank you card to the person/people who interviewed you and it helps reinforce your interest in the position.  I know when I interview two people with the same skill set, I tend to lean more to the one who took the time to send me a thank you card.

Now obviously this is not an all exclusive list that guarantees you will be selected for a job, but it is a start.  Take pride in yourself and your brand and it will help in more ways than you know.

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