What do employers look for? What do they turn their heads at?
We caught up with three local human resource managers at a panel discussion in Norwalk Thursday night and asked them what makes people stand out during a job search.
"I like people who are excited about the job, the company and have done some research," says Meghan Hurley, human resources director at Reed Exhibitions. "People who come in and know a little bit about what they're coming in for."
Janine LaBadia, human resources manager at Design in Reach, says job candidates should show curiosity.
"Have a general understanding, but want to know more about the company and the position," she says.
Jeremiah Patterson, a human resource business partner with Noble Americas, says the most obvious answer is job qualifications.
"Do they have the right background? Are they part of our industry?" he says.
But don't forget, people can stand out for the wrong reasons, too.
LaBadia says certain body language during an interview can be a turn off.
"If you're looking off into the corner, staring at your resume the whole time or sitting with your arms folded, you don't look present in the moment," she says. "To me, that translates that you're not really interested."
Hurley says people who give off the idea they are looking to coast into a 9-to-5 job don't necessarily work out for employers.
When it comes to skills, besides the ones required for the job, all three said it helps to be tech-savvy.
"Everything -- the whole Microsoft Office suite is important," Hurley says.
"The Office suite, understanding social media," Patterson says.
"It's about understanding social media, it's about the web," LaBadia says.
"People who have worked in environments that are more technologically sophisticated are more appealing, for sure," Patterson says.
Thursday's panel discussion was hosted by fairfieldcountyjobs.com.