Every job candidate wants to stand out from the crowd, especially in today's competitive employment market.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 6 unemployed workers competing, on average, for each job opening. That's the highest level since the bureaustarted tracking these figures nine years ago.
If you've been searching for a new position and haven't seen much success, you may be tempted to try more creative ways to get noticed. But beware: You can attract a prospectiveemployer's attention in the wrong way.
When Robert Half International asked executives to describe the most unusual thing they had seen or heard an applicant do to distinguish him- or herself on the job hunt, examples included a candidate who sang during the interview and another who brought a 10-page binder detailing his work history.
Instead of these types of over-the-top tactics, try the following ones, which made positive impressions on the executives we surveyed: