When applying for a job, one of the most challenging parts of the application process is getting the attention of a hiring manager/recruiter. It takes a lot of time and energy to create a resume that stands out and includes all of your information, build a website for your portfolio, and write a cover letter for each individual job. We get it – that’s why we come in Clutch.
As a creative staffing agency, we see the struggles of candidates firsthand. The hiring process can be brutal, and that’s why we want to give you a helping hand. Here are some of the best ways to stand out and get noticed by a hiring manager or a recruiter.
Check your credentials before applying
As you are applying for positions, the most crucial part is making sure you are qualified for the role. One of the most frustrating parts about specifically applying for entry-level positions is that 35% of these positions require a minimum of three years of experience. We agree – how can an entry-level position be entry-level if it requires three years of full-time experience?
Even in positions such as that, do your best to apply for roles that meet your experience. It can be tempting to apply for jobs you think you can wiggle your way into, but you have to remember that hiring managers and recruiters are looking for the best match. Try to only apply for roles that where you will be the perfect candidate.
Network until your fingers fall off
The best way to get the attention of any hiring manager or recruiter is to network your way to the top. There are hundreds of potential candidates applying every day for the roles you are also applying for, and your resume can fall into a never-ending pool. To navigate your way out of the stack of applications, you should get in touch with the hiring manager/recruiter in any way possible.
We recommend doing the most and stalking this person until they reach out to you. Add them on LinkedIn with a personalized message, email them, and if you are feeling bold, cold call them.
Be excited about this opportunity
If you genuinely want this new opportunity with every fiber in your body, you have to show the hiring manager and recruiter how badly you want this position. Along with networking, you need to give them a reason to give you the time of day.
In your introduction message, say why you would be a perfect fit for the opportunity. Catch their attention with a hook, and reel them in. Once you have their attention, set up a time to have a call with them about your experience. Sell your skills and make a case for yourself as to why you would be the perfect candidate.
Overall, it can be discouraging when you don’t hear back from a hiring manager, but use that fuel to keep the firing going. Do the most to get noticed and stick out from the stack of applicants, even if have not heard back. Consistency is key!