How do you stand out from the crowd? Being different is hard. No more so than at university where you find out that everyone there has amazing grades, numerous extracurriculars and speak way too many languages. Then comes the hard bit: job application. How do you stand apart from so many people who share so many of your qualities? Here’s how I attempt this difficult feat.
TIP #1: Your resume should no longer be the same boring template as everyone else’s. Remember way back when someone told you that your resume could no longer have a colour and God forbid, a photo? Turns out, having some colour and a photo makes your resume more appealing and much more unique than the bland ones in the pile. Not only do you have a higher chance of being noticed but you also make your resume more in tune with your personality.
TIP #2: The interview is arguably the hardest part of the process. Wear business wear when in doubt or otherwise. It’s much better to be overdressed than look like a slob! Second, know what the company you’ve applied to does, what it practices and what its values are BEFORE you submit your application. I remember this one interview I had when they surprised me with a phone interview the day after I’d applied. Not to go into details or anything, but I definitely crashed and burned. I probably stood out as the worst person for the job.
TIP #3: Be confident. Just because there’s other people like you out there doesn’t mean you’re replaceable. Own your uniqueness and no matter how hard it is right now to be appreciated for who you are right now, stick to your guns. Be classy, be yourself and if that doesn’t work: just emulate your favourite superhuman (mine is a combination of Tina Fey/Amy Poehler/Mindy Kaling)!
Do you have any job interview horror stories? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Until next time,