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January 2, 2018
3 Creative Ways To Stand Out In A Job Search

If you are job-searching, you know the importance of making yourself stand out from the crowd. This can be hard to do for any job seeker, especially when you consider the data. An average corporate job position receives 250 resumes. Out of these 250, only 4-6 are chosen and ultimately one person will get the job.


The facts alone can make your job search seem daunting, and it can seem almost impossible to explain how your skills would directly benefit an employer. Here are three creative ways to show that you stand out in your job interview and land the position.

  1. A professional portfolio.This is not the same as your resume. Your portfolio is something you present in addition to your resume and cover letter. It can be presented in several ways:

  • A one-page document about your leadership strengths or management style if you’re applying for that level of position. You can also expand on your accomplishments, your impact on past work projects, or design examples from previous positions.

  • A short PowerPoint deck outlining your accomplishments, testimonials from clients/managers/peers, and a list of your strengths from the StrengthsFinder assessment.

  • A bound book you bring to the interview with the same items as above along with articles you’ve published or been quoted in and other notable accomplishments.


Your portfolio should showcase your expertise and your soft skills. Soft skills are

things like: leadership, being detail oriented, persistent, able to evaluate and solve problems, see the big picture, be strategic. These are things an employer can’t teach you. They can teach you hard skills: technology, software, presentation skills. When you have the same hard skills/qualifications as other job candidates, the soft skills will help you stand out.


Send your portfolio as part of your application and take a copy for each person interviewing you. This will provide the hiring manager with a tangible and memorable takeaway from your interview.

  1. Know your worth. This goes beyond just knowing what you can do. This deals with knowing how to effectively demonstrate your positive contribution to an organization. To do this requires some research and preparation.


  • Get to know the company you are interviewing with by looking them up online and on LinkedIn.

  • Talk about your strengths. Don’t assume that the hiring manager will be able to put 2 and 2 together from looking at your resume. Help them understand how your strengths would bring a positive result to their organization by providing a few examples about how you have used them effectively in past positions.

  • Focus on them. Instead of focusing too much on yourself, put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes. What are their needs? What are they looking for in an employee? Then ask yourself why should they hire you and what needs can you fill? When you put yourself in their shoes you can more effectively figure out how to sell yourself to fill their need.

  1. Build your network. Building your professional network is important, since many hiring managers will look you up on LinkedIn to learn more about you. It will also help you to build your brand.


But don’t just limit yourself to LinkedIn. Networking is much bigger than social media.

Research associations, non-profit organizations, and foundations relevant to your industry in your area and offer to get involved. This will provide you with increased visibility. Getting involved could include things like:

  • Offering to speak on a panel

  • Hosting a workshop

  • Volunteering to serve on the board or committee

  • Writing articles or opinion pieces

Using these creative elements in your job search will surely help you stand out from the crowd. Think about which tip would work best for your industry and set one goal for yourself this week.

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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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