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Job Search Tip #7: Be A Bit Dramatic

My next tip has been inspired by all of the great TIFF movies I’ve seen so far (I give both Jeff, Who Lives At Home and Like Crazy 4/5 stars). You need to stand out in the crowd. Have some flair. Possess a certain je ne sais quoi. ¬†Add a bit of drama to the job application process.

However this doesn’t mean acting strange or gimmickey (unless you’re in marketing. Then you need to assess the situation based on the company you are applying to). Some subtle suggestions? Change up your resume by switching the fonts to something other than Times New Roman and making your name really stand out. Wear one bright colour in the interview through a ring, shoe or tie. Have a flashy or funny website that says something about you and your interests.

Do not go overboard and make yourself look nuts by sporting a crazy outfit or tap dancing in your interview (unless they ask you to). You want to show personality as well as professionalism. Super conservative and formal work places probably aren’t the best place for trying these out, but as humans we generally respond well to drama and storytelling. Being remembered can be hard when lots of people are being interviewed so a bit of pizazz is okay. Just make sure you have the substance beneath the flash by doing your homework.

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Job Search Tip #4: Always Send A Thank You Card. Always.

People will say thank you cards are unnecessary after an interview and some recruiters even say that thank you cards sway them one way or the other. But I would argue that even if you don’t get the job HR people will always remember those who send them a thank you card and maintain contact with them. Thank them for their time, remind them about something you chatted about, and show that you appreciate their consideration. Write it immediately after the interview and either drop in a mailbox or give to the receptionist to hand in for you. Nothing too flowery or long, and make sure you sign your last name as well.

 

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