While conventional methods of job application are the widely accepted norm for job hunters nationwide, neglecting the alternatives could be hindering your job search dramatically.
Outside of the standard application route, there are myriad of unconventional ways to find a job, ranging from the weird and wonderful to the risky and daring.
Straddling that dark horse somewhere in the middle, we’ve created this unique list of creative ways to find a job to help you stand out from the crowd.
Creative Ways to Get a Job
When it comes to the bland world of job applications, variety is very much the spice of life. So, brush those of bland CVs, dull cover letters and generic applications aside and take heed of these quirky and unconventional ways to find a job.
One of the best ways to ensure your new CV and cover letter are as relevant and up-to-date as possible is to rip up your old version and start over.
While your professional history may not have changed since you last applied for a job, employment trends likely have, including layout and look as well as content.
As the old saying goes, you can’t move forward while your looking back, so let go of the pre-existing resume and march on with the new and improved version of you.
Speaking of cover letters, put yourself in the shoes of the employer when it comes to penning your application.
Reams of candidates listing their professional experiences in dry, matter of fact, business-speak is enough to put a glass eye to sleep. While it’s important to include key achievements, there’s no law preventing you from injecting a bit of life into your writing.
If you’re claiming to be an “outside-the-box thinker”, throw an anecdote or a witty quip in there to prove it. Originality is engaging and memorable, two attributes that could well secure you a place at interview.
The world has never been as digitally-focused as it is today, with more focus on online activity than ever before.
For many businesses, the hiring process takes place exclusively online, whether it’s through recruitment sites, email or online application forms. What better way to stand out than to take the road less travelled?
A printed CV accompanied by a hand-written cover letter is the perfect way to break away from the pack, stand up and be counted. Simply post your hard copy application to the relevant person/department.
Much like creative engagement in a cover letter is a great way of allowing your personality to shine through a piece of A4, showing that same personality at interview can be the difference between a fleeting farewell and a hiring handshake.
By the time you reach the interview stage, the talent pool will have been whittled down from the many to the few with little separating the field of competition in terms of skills.
A sure-fire way to distinguish yourself from Candidate A, B and C is to drop the interview façade and be yourself. After all, if you are successful, it’s only a matter of time before they find out the real you anyway.
Likeable, funny and genuine candidates that pass the personality test are far more likely to be deemed a good fit for the team than an uptight and reserved applicant who plays the cards close to the chest.
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