Because if you don't show how you're a better fit than the others from the get-go, you may never get to the face-to-face stage.
CBS News has come up with a list of things that will help you shine throughout the entire job search process - from resume to "thank you" note.
The first step is identifying what the company needs, by carefully reading the job description and doing some industry research (which might include an online search and speaking to trusted colleagues).
Then, break away from the competition from the start by focusing both your resume and interviews on selling yourself as the solution.
Focusing the entire hiring process on their needs -- not yours -- is key, but at no point is it more important than when you're trying to get a foot in the door.
To stand out, you have to be outstanding as either a candidate or a person -- and hopefully both.
Showing, not telling, is a great way to stand out from the competition, and is especially helpful for shy candidates.
Bring a presentation booklet that aligns your experiences and strengths to the employer's problems and challenges.
Use this booklet to make a high-impact presentation to the interviewer. A traditional portfolio can be equally effective.
Act like you've already got the job. You should act more like you're coming in as a consultant instead of a "fingers crossed they hire me" candidate.
Once the interview gets into full swing, the first question you should ask is, 'How may I be of help?'. With this one short sentence, you will change the entire dynamic of the interview and separate yourself from 'the pack.
Body language is another key component to this tactic. Don't sit nervously at the interview with your hands folded in your lap, waiting to be peppered with tough questions.
Instead, sit forward with your portfolio open, ready to take notes and engage in a dynamic dialogue.
Putting the pen to paper (as opposed to fingers to a keyboard) and writing a physical "thank you" note is an excellent start, but include specifics to really shine.
In that note, try to address how you can help meet any challenges faced by your hiring manager that were mentioned during your interview.
If appropriate, follow up by email if you have compelling information they may be able to use.
Consider sending the hiring manager an article, link or other resource that reinforces key points you made during the interview or expands the conversation.
--ANI (Posted on 10-08-2013)