As the economy continues to improve, and the job market picks up, more and more qualified professionals are searching for greener pastures. As the competition heats up, the best way to stand out from the crowd and land your next dream job may be to use some out of the ordinary methods.

Unusual Tactics – Or Brilliant Career Strategies?

The days of mailing a simple resume and cover letter are over. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that people who use many job search methods find jobs faster than those who stick to one or two traditional methods. And more recently, CareerBuilder completed a survey of job seekers to find out what unconventional methods helped them land a job.

To stand out from the competition and grab your next career opportunity, try branching out in your career search with these unconventional methods:

1. Send a letter addressing a specific company need. Want to stand out from the pack when approaching your next potential employer? Research their history and needs, and propose a solution to a problem the organization may be facing. You’ll make an immediate impact on the organization, and you’ll show off your skills much more effectively than through a couple bullet points in your resume.

2. Look the part. Prepare a business card and brochure with your information, combined with the logo and information of your prospective employer. That’s right – go into the interview process with the confidence that you are the perfect new addition to their team! Your creativity and confidence are sure to impress… or get you sued.  Try this at your own risk.

3. Show off your creativity. Forget about dull, boring, dime-a-dozen cover letters. Impress your next employer by announcing your arrival – with a news release, that is. Haven’t written a news release? Many online resources, which can be found with a simple Google search, offer tips for writing an effective news release. State your qualifications and unique differentiators in the release – after all, this is newsworthy! Not only will your new employers be floored by your unique sense of creativity, they will already have your hiring announcement taken care of – before you even start!

These are just some examples of creative ways to share your skills and confidence with potential employers. When using unconventional methods, it’s important to always maintain a sense of professionalism – without losing your enthusiasm. Ensure your resume is remembered for the right reasons, and use these unconventional methods to help you find your next great opportunity.

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