When you are applying for a job, you must stand out amongst the rest of the applicants. But how? The best way to make a great impression is to let your personality shine in multiple ways throughout the hiring process. Here are four spots perfectly primed for you to inject your personality into your job search!
On Your Resume
Showing a bit of personality on your resume can be tricky, but it is possible! (Keep in mind, this is all relative to your industry. If you’re in a more stiff professional sector such as banking, you might want to skip this one!) If you’re in a creative field, try showing a subtle and tasteful color into your headings or try out a more artistic layout. One of our favorite ways to highlight who you are is to showcase some of your passion projects or relevant hobbies. We find that often, your hobbies can benefit your professional life in a variety of ways!
In Your Cover Letter
If you’re required to submit a cover letter, it’s a great space to show a bit of your personality naturally. You can use the introduction to kick it off with a bang to grab the hiring manager’s attention right away. Then, in the meat of your cover letter, let your personality shine by highlighting some of your favorite projects and recounting your relevant work history. Finally, leave a lasting impression with a confident conclusion.
Throughout Your LinkedIn Profile
With how accessible social media is these days, LinkedIn should be an active part of your job search strategy. Furthermore, it’s the perfect spot to give the hiring manager a glimpse into who you are. You have more creative freedom to inject your personality into your job search on LinkedIn than you do with any other step in the process. From your cover photo to your summary to your activity feed, you can show off your best professional self. Brush up on some of our best LinkedIn tips here.
Inject Your Personality During Your Interview
Last but certainly not least, the interview. Chances are, you’ll have numerous opportunities to highlight your personality throughout an interview. Keep in mind that when an employer is hiring, they don’t just want a skillset; they also want you! Don’t be afraid to discuss how you got where you are today, inspirations, passions, and more. And if they ask you what your hobbies are or what you like to do for fun? Have a couple of go-to answers that extend beyond “watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.” Share something unique and insightful that will help you stand out from other applicants.
So, those are four easy ways you can inject your personality into your job search. Are you interested in more job search advice? Explore our candidate resources here!