Too many job seekers use the same old tactics to compete in the job market, but more hiring managers are looking for excellent candidates who don’t fit the cookie cutter. You can allow your personality to shine through in every phase of the job search and interviewing process to score the job.
Customize Your Cover Letter
Crafting a unique cover letter is one of the best ways you can allow your personality to shine through — even before they read your resume. Although some believe that a flawless resume can get them in the door, your cover letter offers you a prime opportunity to sell yourself and share some of your additional talents and interests. Providing additional information about yourself and fusing it into a unique cover letter can place you miles ahead of the competition.
Create an Original Resume
Many people use the same generic resume templates to apply for positions. If your resume looks different than the tons of others sitting on the hiring manager’s desk, it is more likely to grab his attention.Try using a different kind of resume parchment, or use a fancier, yet clear font that exhibits your creativity. A professional resume writing service can also help you construct a unique resume to get ahead in your industry, and you can put your own spin on it. Another special way to allow your personality and positive attitude to shine is to make a video resume. Studies show that video resumes are far more likely to be seen in their entirety because few job candidates submit them.
Learn How to Relax
Once you land an interview, it is important to be as comfortable as possible to allow your personality to come forth. If you are worried about your performance, you will be acting in a state of anxiety instead of confidence. If you find that anxiety is starting to get the best of you, take a quick bathroom break, take a few deep breaths, and slowly inhale and exhale. Repeat positive affirmations in front of the bathroom mirror to boost your confidence, and it will be easier to allow your personality to shine during the interview. Don’t be afraid to use a little humor in the interview to calm your nerves, and you may be surprised at the outcome.
Be Fully Prepared for the Interview
When you arrive prepared, you can just focus on being yourself. If you rehearse the answers to basic interview questions through a mock interview, you can gain more confidence during the real one. An interview is one of the main ways that hiring managers determine if a job candidate is compatible with the company culture and current workforce. When you come prepared and the hiring manager is able to bask in your professional and positive attitude, your personality can clear the way to a new position.
Allowing your true personality to come forth during the job search and in the interview is easier if you simply be yourself. As long as you maintain a sense of professionalism, you cannot make a mistake by just being you; your manager and co-workers will find out what kind of person you are sooner or later. When you get hired by allowing your personality to shine through, it boosts your career confidence and self-esteem.
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