In today's tough job market, anything you can do to stand out from the crowd of applicants can help you land a job. Two ways you can impress the interviewer in a short amount of time include bringing work examples and creating a presentation for the interview.
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Rather than just bring the standard cover letter and resume, you can bring along everything from a work portfolio to thank-you emails from clients or customers. Recruiter Abby Kohut says on the DailyWorth blog that she's always wowed when people bring their work samples and is also impressed when candidates show a five-minute or less presentation on their experience and why they're perfect for the job.
The ZipRecruiter Blog also echoes these recommendations, saying that maybe one or two out of every 10 job candidates will do a presentation -- and set themselves apart from 80-90 per cent of the competition with this effort.
Creativity helps too, as one job seeker created a Time Magazine cover with her photo on it for her "resume accompaniment" when applying for a job at the Time Warner Foundation. (People have done crazier things to land a job.)