Here’s the good news: As of September 2015, the unemployment rate in the United States is the lowest it’s been in more than seven years. The bad news? The competition for current job seekers is steep.
You may spend hours researching a position, adjusting your resume, and crafting the perfect cover letter only to have some arbitrary algorithm eliminate your application before HR even sees it — let alone a hiring manager. Of course, you need to ensure your resume is optimized with proper formatting and keywords, but there are better ways to impress your potential employer.
You need to set yourself apart, and we’re here to help you do it. Here are five ways to stand out from the applicant crowd and score that coveted first interview.