during a job interview isn't a good way to stand out.
First, let's talk about one
way you should NOT stand out when you want to get a job. WTAE's
reporting a story about a man who wanted to get a job at Subway. He applied for
the job at the Homestead Subway, but as he was leaving decided to
rob another person at gunpoint in front of the Subway restaurant. Of
course, he gave his real address on the job application as he really
does want the job.
There are millions of people who are trying to get a job. If you are
one of them that means there is a lot of competition. How do you
stand out? Robbing people in front of a store will make you stand
out, but you will not get the job. Today, you need to demonstrate
your initiative and difference in positive, unique ways.
One way many job seekers use
to find a job is websites like Monster and CareerBuilder. It would
be easy to believe that you are being efficient by applying for jobs
online. Today, you can quickly review hundreds of jobs while sipping
your morning coffee. Online job search companies can automatically
forward your resume to potential employers and text job posting
alerts to your cell phone, while you complete your morning workout
and catch up on the talk shows.
The problem with using this
technology is that everyone else is using it too. This recent story on
CNNMoney.com makes the point that a pathetic 4% of open positions were
filled by referrals from CareerBuilder.com, a major player in the job
Make yourself stand out by
Sure, use the websites to see who is hiring and then go knock
on their door. Yes, you will have 9 out of 10 doors closed in your face.
However, you will find the company that respects your initiative and talks
to you rather than deleting your resume along with hundreds of others. If
no one is available to talk to you leave your resume and calling card
there, at the hiring manager’s office.
Having a receptionist hand your resume to the hiring manager is a great
way to cut ahead of the digital resume line. It is better to be the one
person standing at the door than one resume in 100 deleted to the trash