“Different is better than better”. Quote credit: Jerry McGuire
This brilliant sales technique should be applied to your job search.
When I was recruiting, I can’t tell you how many times I heard hiring managers say, “I can train someone to do XX, but I can’t train passion, love of learning and resilience”. (This doesn’t mean that you can get a job you are completely unqualified for because you demonstrate positive qualities in an interview)
Here are some practical ways:
1. When you write a follow up e-mail, don’t be vanilla. Think of ways that you can address the position or the organization’s “pain points” in your note.
2. When you are interviewing, take the time to make a real connection with the person interviewing you.
3. Make sure that your resume is well written and has some eye catching design elements. Don’t be boring.
As a job seeker, think outside of the box.