HOW TO MAKE A HIRING MANAGER CHOOSE YOU OVER THE OTHER 100 APPLICANTS.

February 28, 2016

JOB APPLICATION: HOW TO GET THE HIRING MANAGER'S APPROVAL INSTANTLY | RESUME TIPS | CAREER TIPS | CAREER ADVICE |  By Lindsay L. Malatji
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So you want to know how to get a Hiring Manager choose you over the other hundred applicants?!
Easy! 
Leverage your USP!
By that I mean, use something that's uniquely different about you in your job application as opposed to what it is commonly expected from candidates.
It can be anything! Be it your unconventional career progression route, or the fact that you hold not 1 but 2 degrees! Or even that fact that you were a college drop-out who valued experience over text-book learning!

Because here's the thing: most people don't realize it, but capitalizing on your unique traits in a job application is one of the single greatest marketing tools to get the Hiring Manager's attention, fast!
And more than that, if you can use that on your your resume in a way that successfully  tells the Hiring Manager "why" they need you and not the other 100 applicants for the position, you'll be surely putting yourself at a greater chance of getting that coveted interview, and who knows, maybe even the job too!
Because when a Hiring Manager picks up your resume, all that (s)he  wants to know is what it is you can do and bring to the table, and "why" should they choose you?!
And so the responsibility lies upon your shoulders  as a candidate to make that clear to them in mere seconds!
Which is why leveraging your USP is the way to do it.
JOB APPLICATION: HOW TO GET THE HIRING MANAGER'S APPROVAL INSTANTLY | RESUME TIPS | CAREER TIPS | CAREER ADVICE |

1) Make A killer First Impression
First, ditch the old 12 point new times roman utilitarian  resume and opt for a well -designed, visually appealing  resume that showcases both your personal & professional  identity! 
This is a surefire way to gain an employers attention right off the bet, because guess what? Looks are everything! And this extends to how your resume looks.
But here's the thing : be sure to  make it look professional and industry specific,  I mean ,  you're applying for a job after all and not a stint at the circus!
So keep it professional.


2) Hit them with your Brand Statement  

Next on the agenda is to make sure that you have "The Best Possible Personal Brand Statement Ever" written  across the top of your resume as an opener because you  want to give the best possible description of you as a candidate, but you also want to retain the Hiring Manager's attention enough to have them want to know more about you.

Not sure how to write your Personal Brand Statement yet?


3) Answer the hiring manager’s most pressing question, which is: "what does this candidate do best?"

 After hooking the Hiring Manager’s attention with your Brand Statement, it's time you show him/her that you don't just talk the talk, you deliver the goods too!

You do that by demonstrating all that you can do and have achieved in your previous roles. That means, instead of merely stating your previous job tittle and their start to finish dates, you  make it a point to quantify  those roles with "in which I achieved x, y & z" after each role.
This does 2 things. 1) tells the Hiring Manager what type of person you are - results driven, which will increase their need to want to have you as part of the team; and 2) tells the manager that if you can succeed at a previous role, then you're most likely to succeed in this role too.

4) Make sure All Your Ducks Are In Order
By that  I mean: make sure your online presence correlates with what you're saying, especially your professional sites.
LinkedIn,  Personal Websites and perhaps Twitter because guess what, the next thing a Hiring Manager is inclined to do at this point is to  check you out online, so don't waste that opportunity by not making sure that all your ducks are in order!

5) Go Beyond Your Call Of Duty. 
Once you have the Hiring Manager checking out your online presence, why not take that opportunity to go beyond what's expected of you as a candidate?!
One of the ways to do this is to create a pitch specifically for the Hiring Manager's attention where you can showcase your capabilities by detailing how you would go about solving  one of their company's current issues.
I mean... If that doesn't do it, I dink know what will!

So, there you have it!
What tips and tricks have you used to get a Hiring Manager's attention?
Leave your answers in the comments section below because we'd like to know!


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