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Get Hired! - How to stand out from the crowd!

As if finding that perfect job isn’t hard enough - you then have to compete with a sea of other applicants and hope that you come out on top!

Finding a job can be a stressful and sometimes disheartening process. So here are my tips to help you stand out from the crowd.


1.    Make a phone call to follow up your application

More often than not contact numbers are not listed on job add, so do some investigation and find it! If you can make contact with the hiring manager it will personalise your application and break the ice so to speak, putting a personality to your paper file. You don’t want to annoy the hiring manager just a simple “I just wanted to check that my application for position xyz was received as I am REALLY interested in this position and just want to ensure my application made it!”


2.    Tailor, embellish & quantify your resume

The idea is to stand out right? Read the skills required on the job advert and highlight where you have used these skills in your past positions. Elaborate and quantify the detail in your previous positions that will make you more appealing as a candidate for your new role- remember you want to stand out from your competition.
For example on your resume you may have;

·         Established relationships with retail travel agencies

A more appealing way to write this would be;

·         Fortnightly call cycle visiting 35 retail travel agencies in the Sydney region bringing in $x sales per quarter. Won 23 new accounts in the 16/17 financial year.


3.    Utilise your network

Do you know someone working within this organisation or someone in the industry who may know the hiring manager and could put in a good word for you? It’s not always what you know but who you know or how well connected you are that can give you the leg up you need to get started. If you don’t have the inside scoop, then get some reputable recommendations from industry professionals and add them to your resume, social profiles and cover letter.


4.    Leave them wanting more

Remember this is a competition – you are trying to show them you are the best person for this job. Tell them what you could do for their company, what you will bring to this role. What value you can add to their team. Add a little passion to your cover letter or prepare a document to present to them upon interview. Do your research and leave them wanting to hear more from you!


5.    Follow up with a thank you

A simple email following your interview, thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the position is an excellent initiative to adopt. You can reinforce what it was that drew you to the position and what you may have learnt at the interview that has strengthened your interest in the role. Touch briefly on your knowledge and skill set and what makes you the ideal fit. Again don’t over-do it, hiring managers are busy people.


With a little time and effort it is easy to stand out from the crowd. If you are really passionate about something then it will show. If you have done your research and have a clear indication of what an employer is looking for and can tailor your skills to their needs - then it’s just a matter of selling yourself better than your competition!


Kristi Gomm


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About the Author

Kristi Gomm

Kristi has been a member of the inPlace Recruitment team since 2001. Kristi has established excellent relationships with our clients and she brings a wealth of recruitment knowledge and experience to her role as well as over 15 years travel industry experience. In 2014 she moved into a Marketing position and is now the Marketing Manager at inPlace giving Kristi a chance to put her creative talents to good use.