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The 4 Things Every Candidate Needs to Do to Stand Out and Get Noticed by Recruiters

The 4 Things Every Candidate Needs to Do to Stand Out and Get Noticed by Recruiters

Getting noticed by recruiters and hiring managers can be difficult, especially when there are so many candidates with similar experience and backgrounds applying to the same positions. You need to find a way around to ensure that you stand out from the crowd and get noticed by recruiters.

Writing a resume isn’t enough anymore; if you want to get noticed by recruiters, you need to do four things that will make you stand out from the rest of the pack and make you an exceptional candidate.

  • Know Your Strength

If you’re like most of us, you want to be noticed. But how do you make yourself stand out when everyone else in your industry wants that same thing? It’s all about having a strong understanding of your value proposition: what are you good at? What do you bring to the table that others don’t? Are there ways in which your background, training, or experience set you apart from other candidates?

  • Present Yourself Well

It’s important that you present yourself well throughout your job search. Take extra care when crafting your resume, cover letter, email correspondence, etc. A cleanly-designed website or social media presence can also help you stand out from other candidates. Remember that most recruiters are overwhelmed with applications—if you want to get noticed, make it easy for them.

  • Keep Up With Industry Trends

Staying up-to-date with industry trends makes it easier for you to understand which skills are in demand, as well as how you can stay ahead of your competition. Companies want candidates who are at least a little bit familiar with their industry, so they don’t have to waste time explaining something you don’t already know.

  • Network Effectively

The easiest way to get noticed is by networking effectively. Networking isn’t a cheap process, but it’s a worthwhile one. Showing interest in your peers helps build long-lasting connections that can help you get noticed when opportunities arise. If you know recruiters or hiring managers at your target companies, be sure to keep them in the loop; it never hurts to let them know what you’re up to!


A great candidate will always stand out from the crowd. Try to be this type of candidate. No company wants to spend time sorting through hundreds of unqualified applicants, so making yourself stand out to recruiters is paramount to getting hired.


Contributed by: Henry Mubiru Kweba. 

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