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What is a small thing that would make someone stand out to a potential employer?

I know that employers like to see people with lots of experience and plenty to fill their resume, but what is something that they would look for that most people wouldn't think of?
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Kate’s Answer

If you've researched the employer and are able to speak to why you want to work for them specifically, that can make you stand out. It's an important step, but not everyone actually takes the time to understand what an employer does and how their work would fit in. For example, I worked for an early literacy nonprofit. We'd ask candidates (including intern candidates) what three arguments they would make to tell someone why they should support the organization. People who had researched us were able to answer well, but others gave generic answers that didn't show they understood our mission. Depending on what job you're applying for, you may not have to speak about the employer's work in too much depth - but you should be prepared to answer a question like, why do you want to work at our company specifically. And if you aren't asked, it's still a good idea to bring this up to show your interest in the employer. Good luck!

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Research employers' work prior to applying/interviewing
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Think about how your work in the position would fit into the overall picture
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Thanks for the insight Nancy N.

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Adrienne’s Answer

Lots of employers like to see highlights of your experience where you have been a leader, motivating others, or even where you have implemented a new process. Also I would add any experience where you have been creative in your experience or helped others to be successful, such as mentoring youth or creating a program to help others.

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Fiona’s Answer

Be willing to learn, be willing to take criticism, have attention to detail, be responsible, ask questions if you don't understand, be organised, be willing to work hard

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Adelaide’s Answer

You asked a thoughtful question. Employers will like to know how your skill or experience (regardless of how much or little of it you have) will expand/benefit their company. Very often people just go off talking about their talents and skills but forget to explain how it will be advantageous to the company.


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