Small Things Help Job - Zinny Factor

When you are applying for a job, anything that can give you the edge over the other candidates is a must, and the good news is, there are lots of relatively small things you can do that will give you that edge that puts you at the top of the pile. So, let’s take a look at some of them right now:

That Resume Headline: Your Name in Lights

First up, let’s chat about your resume headline. Think of it as the marquee sign above a theater. You wouldn’t walk into a show titled “Boring Biopic: The Story of Someone You’ll Forget,” right? Your resume headline needs to be the hook, the catchy tune you can’t get out of your head. Instead of “John Doe: Applicant,” try “Digital Marketing Maestro: Turning Clicks into Customers.” Make it snappy, make it memorable, and above all, make it shine like your name’s up in lights.

The Email Signature: Because You’re Fancy Like That

Ever thought about the power of a professional email signature? It’s like the bow on a gift; it just makes everything look more put together. Include your full name, your (impressive) title, or what you aspire to be, and perhaps links to your professional online profiles or portfolio. It’s a subtle way to say, “Look at me, being all professional and fancy.” Plus, it makes it super easy for potential employers to stalk—I mean, research—you further.

Thank-You Notes: Old School Cool

After an interview, send a thank-you note. Yes, in the age of instant messaging and emojis, whipping out a good old-fashioned thank-you note (email is fine, carrier pigeon is better) can set you apart. It’s courteous, it shows you’re genuinely interested, and it gives you a chance to reiterate why you’re the perfect fit for the job, but in an “I’m so polite and thoughtful” kind of way. Plus, everyone loves feeling appreciated, even hiring managers.

Social Media Clean-Up: Because They Will Stalk You

Before you even think about hitting “submit” on that application, do a thorough clean-up of your social media. That picture of you attempting to waterski and faceplanting? Hilarious, but maybe not what you want your future boss to see first. Make your profiles private or curate them to showcase your professional interests and personal projects. Let them find your thought-provoking articles, not your tweets about pineapple on pizza (which is delicious, by the way – fight me).

Customize, Customize, Customize

Lastly, customize your application for the job. Use the company’s name, reference specific details from the job posting, and explain why you’re not just looking for any job, but THIS job. It shows you’re paying attention and that you care enough to put in the extra effort. It’s like writing a love letter; you wouldn’t send the same one to every potential suitor, would you?

As you can see, you can relatively easily get yourself to the top of the list of people to see when applying for a job, so why wouldn’t you take the time to do all of the above?