On the seventy-sixth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our amazing host Tristan Layfield shares one way you can reduce your competition when applying online. Remember, the name of the game when it comes to your job search is standing out. If you can’t do it through networking right now, utilize this tip! It’s just just one of the small things you can tweak that can impact your job search.
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan back again to bring you another career tip. This week I want to discuss one way you can reduce your competition when applying online. Before I dive in, I want to acknowledge that this tip was inspired by an amazing Black woman resume writer, Danielle Holmes of Career Services by Elle. Make sure you check her out on Instagram at @ellecareerservices.
Most of us want the most efficient job search possible so we try to reduce the amount of time we spend looking for roles. To do this, we utilize websites and job search engines like Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn. These websites provide a one-stop-shop to see as many job postings as we can all at once, which is a great convenience. But with convenience always comes a downside. Since so many of us are doing that, our competition tends to be higher on those platforms. Not to mention, there are preconceived notions that some hiring managers or recruiters have that if a candidate applies through a job posting board that they may not be as serious about working for their company, and the job seeker is just looking for any job.
Now, if you’ve listened to me for a while, you know that I am an advocate for networking as a method to help you stand out from the competition and avoid all that. I’m also a realist who knows that many people aren’t necessarily doing that, and applying online is still the most convenient and familiar option. So if you’re going to apply online, I suggest using those job search engines to find the role, then going directly to the company website to find and apply for the position if possible.
So you’re probably like why? If I apply, they get my application either way, right? Yes, but many people don’t take the time to apply directly on the company website. Often times when you do, those applications arrive in a different inbox and sometimes go to a completely different person. Getting your application with a pool of 150 others versus getting your application with only 50 others can definitely make a difference. Not to mention you get to avoid all those preconceived notions about whether you care about the company or not.
Remember, the name of the game when it comes to your job search is standing out. If you can’t do it through networking right now, this is just one of the small things you can tweak that can impact your job search.
This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.