11 ways to SHOW and TELL you are the best job candidate

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I met with a talented job seeker recently who said something that struck me. When I asked him why he hadn't included a major success story in his resume, he humbly responded that his work had always spoken for itself.

I said to him if a recruiter doesn't know you, hasn't seen your samples, and doesn't understand your line of work; your work isn't saying a thing. You have to SHOW and TELL hiring companies why you are the top candidate. 

SHOW your abilities!

1) Post your work samples on your LinkedIn profile using Box.com and your PowerPoint presentations and videos using Slide Share.  I include materials to help job seekers on my LinkedIn profile. Ask me to connect on LinkedIn and after I accept, view or download documents on the Box.Net and SlideShare portion of my profile to see how these useful (and free, at the basic level) applications can help you.

Don’t have samples or feel you can use proprietary documents from a former company? Use this next tip …

2) Go beyond the expected. When I graduated from college, I realized my tiny body of work was not strong enough to land me an ad agency creative job. So, I created a campaign for a mythical product, a Wite-Out ®-type solution I named Blunder Blender that simply dissolved errors instead of leaving a residue. I created a TV commercial storyboard, newspaper ad and radio script for the product, all of which I included in my portfolio. The effort paid off! Not only were agencies impressed by the creativity and quality of my campaign, they were amazed I had undertaken such extra work to prove my abilities.

Likewise, accountants can show their flair for spreadsheets; contractors can display photos of their before and after construction projects; and financial advisers can detail how they helped a client invest successfully. Think about it. How can you go beyond the expected to shine the very brightest to recruiters?

3) Send samples to hiring companies. Applying online should just be the first step in landing a job. Improve your chances with a target company by sending a relevant person within the company an e-mail that includes your resume, samples, and referral letter or list of recommendations. Here’s how | Create a LinkedIn recommendations sheet

4) Show your samples in job interviews, explain the part you played in their development, and tell what quantifiable results came about because of your efforts.

5) Have influential people advocate on your behalf. Do you know people with good connections at a target company? Ask them to call their contacts on your behalf. Prepare your advocates by sending them your resume and samples. Also ask former bosses or executives at past companies to share how outstanding you are. Their recommendations can make a profound impact.

6) Serve. To convince community movers and shakers you’ve got what it takes, serve on boards alongside them and participate in charitable events with them where your talents can shine. People are more apt to recommend you when they know what you are capable of doing for a cause in which you believe.

TELL your abilities!

Sell yourself as if you were being paid to market you. Assume you are one of hundreds of applicants and unless the hiring manager knows you and your abilities intimately, your good reputation DOES NOT precede you. Here’s how to stand out:

1) Use your resume to convince hiring companies your background matches the job description. Look hard at your resume. Does it really state why you are the best, or merely recite your past duties?

2) Redo your cover letter to convey why you are uniquely qualified. Closely review your standard cover letter. Does it create an aura about you or merely convey that your resume is attached? Improve your cover letter
Use power words and quantifiable results

3) Craft and practice a compelling elevator speech about who you are and what job you want. By doing so, no interaction with influential people will go wasted. Quintessential Careers has excellent examples. 

4) Convince interviewers you are the best. Give concrete examples of how you have produced quantifiable business results at your former jobs. Prepare for interviews
Interview well

5) Enhance your LinkedIn presence

  • Improve your LinkedIn profile to spotlight your abilities and quantifiable results.
  • Bring up interesting topics and request job leads regularly using your status bar
  • Join and participate in LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your field
  • Seek out recommendations from former coworkers
The bottom line: Don’t assume your work (or your reputation) speaks for itself. SHOW and TELL hiring companies you can do the job better than anyone else!

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