Applying for jobs is a very tiring & tedious process and the same happens at an HR/Hiring manager end. They usually review thousands of Job applications to find the right fit, so how do you stand out of the crowd?
Read the Job Description & Requirements well:
- Why you fit the particular role.
- How passionate you are – Tell your story
- What have been your major accomplishments in life?
- Mention your Github, Stack overflow, LinkedIn and other social media links,
- If you have an online portfolio or website or blogs that you write to share it with them.
- Do not share your mark sheets, passport copies, and other such documents until you reach the final stage.
- Keep it short and sweet, you don’t need to write essays, no one has that much time to reach through everything
Reach out the decision makers directly. In case of startups reach out to founders/ Co-Founders, etc. directly and tell them why you fit the job. There are multiple plugins & websites available to find email addresses online, connect with founders on LinkedIn, send them a personalized message on LinkedIn. Following up with HR/Hiring Managers/Founders is the key because if I were to give you my example I get nearly about 500+ messages on LinkedIn weekly and about 1000+ resumes on my email address. I can’t respond to each and every one. Sometimes I might even miss out on good candidates but people who follow up will always get a response from me because I know that person is really interested and looking out for something.
Do not mass mail your resume to a lot of HR’s together. I have also received resumes from people who have added 100+ HR’s in the cc and sent their resume. I never look at those resumes that don’t give me a good first impression of the candidate, it seems like the person is really lazy to send personalised email & it’s also disrespectful.
6. Personal Brand: Build your personal brand, write & share things that you have done on social media, reach out to people, get guidance, have mentors, network with founders. I know of candidates who are really good at writing but they don’t share their work just thinking about what people will comment or think about them. It really doesn’t matter! Keep sharing your work, write about things that you love doing and it can be anything!
7. Interviews: Please read about the company before going for an interview in any company. I have come across this literally every day where candidates come for an interview and they really don’t know anything about the company and some have not even looked at their website once. You should always read about the company, in fact, you should go through their product/service and come up with some of your ideas that you think might work for their product or things that you think should be a part of the service. Dress well, ask the right questions, be curious, etc. Interviews are the best time where you can explore a lot of avenues if you leverage it well.
That is all if you need more information or any guidance feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org or you can ping me here on LinkedIn.