Doing what everyone else does is very unlikely to result in a job. Decide you will be different — and then work hard to actually be different. Then you will stand out.
That is such good advice it is not at all surprising that the article containing this valuable tip has been shared more than 4,000 times on LinkedIn (which is where I first read it). The author, Jeff Haden, is a columnist with Speaker, Inc., magazine and in "A Resume Will Never Get You the Job You Really Want" he gives readers pointers to what they must do in order to get the job they really want:
1. Determine the company you want to work for.
2. Really know the company.
3. Figure out how you will hit the ground running.
4. Don't just tell. Show.
5. Use a referral as a reinforcement.
6. Be the one who knocks.
7. Assert yourself.
8. Ask for the job.
Haden explains each point in detail. Read the article in its entirety here.
And, afterwards, read this post to learn what one young woman, a Commits student, did to stand out from the herd and secure her dream internship in Mumbai: "How to write an e-mail that will get you your dream internship (Hint: You need the three I's: interest, initiative, imagination)".