When going outside the box can hurt you
As a job seeker, one of your main advantages to getting noticed and getting the interview is to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. It is a simple tip that is drilled down and acclaimed by just about anyone and everyone handing out job advice. In today’s modern fast paced technology fueled atmosphere, many are eager to try new approaches. Many millennials in the field are going outside the box to get that extra attention, using many different forms to showcase their talents. However for every success using this method, there are countless failures, however that is muted by the viral quality of a few exemplary visual resumes.
Going outside the box can result in getting you attention, both positive and negative, with success being seldom and at times rare.
However, going viral and getting a job interview are two different outcomes and you have to ask yourself which outcome is your real target. While many in the recruiting and job placement field will acknowledge and proclaim that the individual should get a job, they are not the ones offering employment to this person. You may get 15 minutes of fame for going outside the box but if the net result is 0 interviews or job offers, then you are at square one. Going outside the box can result in getting you attention, both positive and negative, with success being seldom and at times rare.
To be successful, you have to consider who you are applying for, their culture, and what best fits their demographic of individuals they are looking for. Seeing how the box fits and making it more attractive by giving the prospective employer the information they need in a way that sells you to the opportunity will help you immensely.