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Being unique in some way,
doing something attention-grab-
bing, or getting creative is one
way to rise to the top. Taking
the idea too far, however, can
hurt more than it helps.
Getting employers' attention
in today's job market is no easy
When organizations get dozens,
even hundreds, of applicants for each
job opening, it's hard to get noticed
even if you're a perfect fit.
Being unique in some way, doing
something attention-grabbing, or
getting creative is one way to rise to
the top. Taking the idea too far, how-
ever, can hurt more than it helps.
What is the culture of your field
Someone putting their picture with
a "Hire Me!" appeal on a billboard
will get a very different reaction from
potential employers if they are pur-
suing a position as a Funeral Director
rather than a job in advertising.
Many fields are characterized by
certain levels of professionalism and
decorum. When someone does some-
thing so far outside the norm it will
certainly get noticed and grab people's
attention. However, it is also likely
to create more of a negative impres-
sion than a positive one.
Pursuing a role in a more creative
environment may call for more drastic
stunts. It's important to have a good
understanding of the limits in your
What do they really want to see?
Setting yourself apart in ways that
emphasize the most important qual-
ities they want to see is imperative.
That will vary depending on the type
of role you pursue. Certainly func-
tional and technical skills for the role
matter greatly. However, other factors
are equally important. An organiza-
tion isn't just looking for job skills.
• They are also looking for:
• Communication Skills
• Sense of Urgency
• Emotional Intelligence
• Strong Work Ethic
• Ability to Work Well with Others
• Follow Through
Distinguishing yourself in those
areas, as well as technical and func-
tional competence for a role, will
make the difference.
How do you project the right
Research the field, the industry,
and the company you are trying to
pursue, and find ways that would
make the most positive impact. Be
creative based on what unique char-
acteristics you have to offer to a
Perhaps it's -
Being more pleasantly and profes-
sionally persistent than other appli-
cants in finding, reaching, and talking
to multiple contacts in the organi-
Offering to contribute time and
effort on a small project or initiative
for free to show how you can be an
Going above and beyond in
researching and finding ways you
uniquely can be of value to the organ-
ization. Then, sending a concise pro-
posal to contacts you find.
Sending a coffee mug to someone
you've been able to determine is the
hiring manager, with your resume
and a note inside asking if you could
bring them coffee for the mug while
you chat about the role.
Be creative, appropriate, profes-
sional, and a cut above any other
applicant they will hear from.
You may get attention, but
probably not the kind of attention
you want, by:
• Sending your resume with glitter
on it (unless the employer works
with the "glitterati")
• Sending your resume saturated
with perfume (unless scent is
important for that job)
• Emailing your resume with a pink
flowery background (unless the
business is flowers)
• Dropping off your resume dressed
in a mascot costume (unless job is
as a mascot job)
If those actions are inappropriate
for the employer and industry, they
will more likely be fodder for jokes
around the company rather than a
job offer for you.
Think outside the box to find ways
to stand out from the crowd in your
job search. But, don't be so far out-
side the box that you are not taken
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