In the modern working world, handing out a CV will not always be enough to capture an employer’s attention. It is therefore unsurprising that applicants have taken to using “whatever means necessary” to get a company interested in them, with varying levels of successful being had. It is definitely worth thinking more creatively when it comes to applying for job vacancies, but don’t forget, “less is more” and some of the more outlandish displays of enthusiasm might come across as a little… strange to employers. Here are our 3 tips for those of you willing to think outside the box when job seeking.
Make It RelevantNow getting someone’s attention may seem like a surefire way to get on the fast track to employment, but you want to keep any display of creativity as relevant as possible. For instance, if you are looking to join a marketing firm, try and tie that in to your application process somehow; try promoting yourself as a service instead of a person and you’ll stand out from the other (assumingly) self-centered job applicants who only talk about their interests, not those of a team/ company. If the notion isn’t related to the job being applied for, you’ll simply come across as weird or desperate; not good when trying to impress an employer.
Know Your Market
Try putting yourself in the place of both the employer and clients; what would they be the most impressed by? Each company will look for different skills in an applicant of course, so try and think about how you can stand out in a positive way from other applicants, who might take a more traditional route. It’s even more important to stand out when applying for positions in the creative industries and employers will expect you to make more of an effort concerning creative thinking in the application process. But, as mentioned, try not to come across as an “oddball”; you still want to appear intelligent and professionally minded, not just as a “whacky character” with 0% business acumen.
A Good Idea Can Get You An Interview, But Not a Job
Showing some creative flare will definitely get you noticed (for better or for worse), but you will still have to actually prove your usefulness to an employer and go beyond simply using gimmicks. At the end of the day, the hiring manager is going to pick the applicant that will fill the role being advertised the best; however, this being said, creativity can certainly go a long way, especially if you come up short in certain skill areas… offering a fresh creative perspective may help tip the decision in your favour.
George is a 22-year-old graduate from Cardiff University, having studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where he wrote news articles and interest pieces for various student magazines. He currently lives just outside of Birmingham, playing records and DJing in his spare time.