The Get Hired Series: 3 Ways to Stand Out from Other Applicants

In an ideal world, you could hear back from a hiring company right after you submit your job application. Unfortunately, hiring processes can vary from business to business. Some may be responsive while others may not reach out until their final hiring decisions have been made. Don’t just refresh your application page or repeatedly check your email for an update. We suggest spending the time you’re waiting to be hired more productively. Here are three things you can do while waiting to be hired that make you a stronger candidate.

Utilize your network and professional groups

The word ‘networking’ may make you think of wearing “Hello, My Name Is” stickers in stuffy conference rooms. But, networking today isn’t just about introducing yourself to someone and asking, “So, what do you do for a living?”

If you’re job searching, take a look at the network of friends and family you already have. Are any of them in the industry you’re looking to join? Do they have a friend or connection in a company you’re interested in? It can be daunting to mix your personal life with your profession, but having a personal connection or reference could make your application jump

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