by Mansi Gandhi

Customize your Resume and Cover Letter

It’s important to take the time to write targeted resumes and cover letters that specifically link your qualifications to the hiring criteria for the jobs you are applying for. The hiring manager will be able to see, at a glance, why, and how, you are qualified for the job. You’ll have a much better chance of getting an interview with a targeted resume than if you send a generic letter and resume.

Show how you can solve a problem for the company

Find a problem or opportunity that directly affects the company you are applying to. Now show them how to solve the problem or how to take advantage of the opportunity. Clearly outline the steps the company should take. Impress them not only with your problem-solving technique but also with how serious you are about working for them.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your personal brand and allows people to learn a lot about you with just a glance. When a recruiter or hiring manager comes across your resume, they’re going to get curious and Google your name. LinkedIn is going to be one of the top search results because their search engine optimization is so strong. When someone inevitably clicks on your LinkedIn profile, you want to make sure that really represents who you are as an employee, what it is you can do, how you do it, and really showcases your personality to go with that as well.

Tell us! What are your best tips for standing out as a job applicant?

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