Revealing your personality can give you the edge over other IT job candidates that all appear the same.
IT recruiters and hiring managers are looking for more than just technical skills and experience in their workers. Showing your personality in the resume and interview process can communicate your cultural fit to the hiring team and be the deciding factor in getting the job. Here are some ways you can reveal your personality in an IT job search without turning off the hiring team in the process.
Observe Appropriate Boundaries
You may have loads of personality, but not all of it should be put into your resume, application, and interview. Professionalism is always important, and while many workplaces have become more casual, there are boundaries of appropriateness you should not cross. Think about what distinguishes you from others in your professional life when deciding how to reveal your personality, and what outside interests might show skills that you use professionally.
Know the Company Culture
If you can match parts of your personality to the company's existing culture, you are far more likely to get them to take a second look at you, especially when evaluating cultural fit. For instance, if you find out that the company actively supports a charity with events like a 5K, you may want to mention that you are a competitive runner or that you have served on a committee for that charity.
If you are applying for a creative role, you will have more leeway - even an expectation - of showing your personality. This could come out in the way your resume is designed or in adding a "hobbies and interests" section to your resume.
Revealing your personality can help in an IT job search.
Be Careful With Social Media
Look at your social media pages objectively and evaluate whether they reflect the personality you want a company to see. You want to show that you are well-rounded and have some outside interests, but also that your personal values are compatible with the company or companies for whom you would like to work. If you don't think you can be objective about yourself (and chances are, you may not be), ask a few trusted friends to give you their opinions.
The recruitment process has many steps, and you can use all of them - resume, cover letter, interview, and beyond - to inject personality and make yourself stand out. There is such a thing as overkill, and that is usually a big turnoff to hiring personnel.
Calling a hiring manager or recruiter prior to submitting your resume or application may help develop a relationship at the same time that it gives more opportunities for your personality to reveal itself.
The best way for your personality to show through in an interview is to be prepared for the questions you will likely face. It's easier to be relaxed and show who you really are when you are comfortable and know what to expect.
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