Job hunting can be a daunting task, especially when you’re up against stiff competition. If you want to land the job of your dreams, you’ve got to stand out. Here are some tips to help you differentiate yourself from other candidates and land your dream job:

1. Tear up your resume:

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2. Expand your skill set:

Become a job-seeking force to be reckoned with by taking classes and workshops that unlock your very own “particular set of skills.” This will make you more marketable, and as you add your new skills to LinkedIn, your Forge Buffalo profile will update automatically, allowing recruiters, hiring managers and founders to see just how special you are.

3. Network:

Networking is a major key to unlocking the job market. Attend job fairs, industry events, and other networking opportunities to connect with potential employers and learn about new job openings. If it’s a slow time for events, use your network to network. Ask your connections for warm introductions. Be specific. See who they are connected to and ask for the person by name. Make it easy. Send your contact exactly what you want them to say about you and why you want to connect with this person. Suggest they use it but don’t demand it.

4. Do your research:

Before applying for a job, research the company and the position to make sure it’s a good fit for you. The right job with the wrong culture will never work. No matter how hard you try. If they ask for a resume, use this information to help you tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific job.

5. Follow up:

After applying for a job, follow up with the employer to express your interest and ask about the status of your application. This shows that you are proactive and eager to join their team. If you interview for a job, send a thank you note. Handwritten notes work best, but if the company is remote, a thank-you email works great too.

6. Stay positive and persistent:

Job hunting can be frustrating, but it’s important to stay positive and persistent. Keep applying. Don’t get discouraged. Remember, the right opportunity is out there for you.

By following these tips, you can set yourself apart from other candidates and increase your chances of landing your dream job in Buffalo. The job market is competitive, but taking control of your job search and differentiating yourself is how you can succeed. Put yourself out there, expand your skill set, and network, network, network! Click here to check out the latest Forge Buffalo and 43North networking events.