Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay) #Work#job hunting#jobs November 29 2017 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Modern Resume Template from Odd Bits Studio Working at a job as a person with an offbeat lifestyle is one thing, but landing that job in the first place? That can be a minefield of prejudices, frustrations, and distractions from your skills. But it can be easier if you've got a plan. Plus, it's easy to forget the basics of job hunting when you're thinking about what they'll be thinking about you. Here are some job hunting tips for offbeat job seekers like you… Tailor that resume You probably have a general resume for all of your past jobs and all of your skills. But it's actually better to have two resumes that you are always updating: one comprehensive resume with all of your job history, and a very specific resume tailored to the job for which you're applying. It may be a bummer to have to tailor your resume each time you apply, but it makes that application WAY more likely to get noticed. Plus, if you're using the right keywords in the tailored resume, it'll get seen more in searches, too. Study the job description and make sure your matching jobs and skills are highlighted for ease of skimming. They're skimming the resume, trust me. Get on Linkedin (I know I know) If you mention Linkedin in mixed company, you WILL hear someone bitch about it — how it's outdated, useless, annoying, and they don't see the point. Job seekers loooove to rag on Linkedin. But recruiters and HR folks? They don't rag on it and about 90% of them are on there looking for candidates. You may not be using it to post work-related blog posts or liking your former coworkers new job, but having a keyword-filled presence on there is a way to get eyeballs on you. Don't hide your offbeatness too much It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that recruiters and hiring managers only want normy-normals who blend in and won't make waves. But really, they're just looking for cool people who will bring something to the table at their company. What this means is that you CAN be yourself, just don't let them think it will get in the way of getting your job done. If you have a personal style, adapt it to professional wear that fits in with the dress code. If it's a business casual place, you can totally rock a vintage pin-up dress with a mini blazer on top. Mention your interesting hobbies if it comes up, within reason, of course. It's easy to polarize with religious or political views, especially today. And unless you're aiming for a very formal environment like a law office, most companies are usually okay with colored hair or tattoos. And if you're offbeat in more personal ways (sex, lifestyle, etc.) most of that won't even come up in an interview and it's totally your right to divulge only what you want people to know and nothing else. Google yourself If you're active online (as we all are), you may have social media profiles, blog comments or posts, or similar incriminating information that you may not want in the hands of a hiring manager. Google yourself to make sure there's nothing you don't want shared publicly available to find. Most comments can be deleted and privacy settings can be tweaked. Let your offbeatness show, but only in the interview in ways you want to share it. Send a (digital) thank you The days of sending real thank-you notes are over, but thank-you emails are very much still a thing. Writing up a very timely (think same-day) email incorporating something specific from the interview is key. You can even include a follow-up question or two to make sure they know you're interested. Bonus points if you can incorporate something personal along with it. Did you talk about a book, something in pop culture, or a recommendation for things to do in the city? Offer up something similar right at the end. More job hunting advice: The steps you should take when job hunting: Insights from the person who receives your resumes I've spent the better part of the last three months hiring people for openings in my department. I've been looking mostly for entry-level candidates for marketing and writing positions, and… Read More You are NEVER EVER too old to make the leap: How to get out of retail jobs I went from retail to an entry level office job to a full-blown social worker, but it took time. However, take it from me, you are NEVER EVER too old… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Ever wanted to live in a Wes Anderson film? This Paris apartment will let you NEXT My favorite items from the new Amazon home lines Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Excellent advice! I've been working in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years & have rocked my CorpGoth style at companies large & small. For a while, I blogged about it & still have some hopefully useful articles — here's one about interviewing http://corpgoth.blogspot.com/2015/06/five-corpgoth-interview-tips.html and another about casual work environments http://corpgoth.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-dress-your-gothic-self-in-casual.html Reply This is incredibly timely, as I'm switching careers now and will be looking mostly for freelance clients. I started reading a blog by a woman who is successful in the field I'm entering, and the thing I love about her is precisely *that she is a badass*. Purple-red hair, bright makeup, using curse words, aggressive tone… I want to be her when I grow up. Or just use her help to get where I'm going. Question related to all this: anyone have tips on an eye-catching offbeat resume? Something that makes you look cool but shows you can make fun of yourself? I'm not thinking the whole silicon valley deliver a pizza with your info on it kind of extremism, but maybe along the paper resume itself or the "hire me" website. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.