stand out in job applications

What makes you stand out from the crowd?

On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job, according to Glassdoor. Demand for jobs fluctuates; however, with an average of 250 resumes per job posting, it is critical to consider how you stand out from the crowd.

If every time you submit a job application, you acknowledge that you are only one of about 250 applicants, it will remind you that you need to consider how you stand out from the rest of the applicants. When there are that many applicants for a position, recruiters will rule people out in waves based on different criteria. This not only reinforces being qualified for the position you are applying for but also ensuring when recruiters look at your application that they see qualifications and skills that other potential employees do not have.

First Impressions Reminder:

When you are submitting your resume, cover letter, or application form, think about what makes you different from other candidates. What experiences you have that may stand out, what skills you can bring to the company, and why the company needs you. Tap into your creativity and show off your unique talents on your application, as you may not get another chance if your resume does not stand out. In this case, your resume is your first impression, be sure it is genuinely showing who you are. After reading through the job description and requirements, think about all the skills other applicants will be focusing their attention on. It is crucial that you make your resume and application complete with all the skills and experiences you can think of that are relevant but try to highlight those that may stand out from other applicants. For example, if you have experience in a certain software that would be helpful for the job but is not required, list that first on the software you are proficient in. This will catch the eyes of the recruiters and may set you apart.

Before submitting your application, be sure you are not only standing out from the crowd but that you are also touching on all the skills and experiences the job posting says they are looking for in a successful candidate. It is also important to remember that with some job postings getting over 250 applications and only four to six interviews offered, if you do not get an interview for a job, you should not see that as a failure! Often it is easy to get discouraged when searching for a job if you are not hearing back or receiving any interviews. This does not always mean you are not qualified or a great candidate, you may just not be advertising yourself in the most eye-catching way for recruiters. I hope with these tips, you are able to reorganize your resume and create a job application that stands out to potential employers.

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