The job search, aka applying to jobs non-stop - what a fun process, right? Um, who ever said that?! It's not easy or fun, but let's at least show you are putting in more than just a little bit of effort when you are interested in a new position. Here are a few steps to show you are more appealing to potential employers.
1. Always include a resume along with your online application
Yes, there is an "easy apply" button on many job boards that allows you to just send your saved application, but it is always helpful to have a full picture of everything you do. Your resume is a piece of marketing material that personalizes, outlines and ensure everything is in one place. If and when you are selected for an interview, the employer will want to easily print your resume and review it. It IS possible that if an applicant doesn't include their resume, they have the possibility of forfeiting their opportunity for the job — as it can be seen as a sign of laziness if an applicant does not include a resume.
2. Send a thank-you note, EVERY time, to EVERY person you meet with
You might think that this is a simple, even meaningless gesture, but a lot of candidates do not follow up or think that sending a thank-you note to the HR professional who coordinated their interviews is enough. Thank you notes resonate with people - they make you memorable. If you are within the interview process, this is the time when you need to put your best foot forward.
3. Provide your potential new employer with references who you know for certain will sing your praises and know why you would be a good fit.
It is essential that you have a phone conversation with your references before you provide their contact information so that they can understand the role and why you would be a good fit. Imagine getting a phone call from an organization and not knowing what is going on! Your references need to ultimately advocate for your candidacy. It's surprising how often a reference contact will note that they do not know the role the candidate is applying for and have no idea how to highlight their skills and speak about their abilities. To a hiring manager, this looks unprofessional and unprepared. In many cases, if they have two top candidates, the references could be the deciding factor in who to hire.