By: Ellie Shulman
About five years ago, before the UFC made the sport incredibly popular, I stumbled into my first MMA class. Although I had signed up by mistake, I was immediately hooked. Ever since that fateful day, I have made MMA training an integral part of my life.
What I did not realize at the time was that my MMA training would become a crucial part of the development of my professional career.
On average, employers receive one hundred and twelve applicants per job that they post. If you are lucky enough to be one of the twenty percent who actually land an interview, it is crucial that you leave a lasting impression in order to land the job.
MMA has become the way that I ensure I stand out to my interviewer.
When asked the classic interview question, “So tell me about yourself”, I can convey that I have the essential skill set through my past work experience AND my MMA training.
My dedication to MMA represents my commitment to a project that I feel passionately about. As a member of my fight team, I work hard to help all my teammates achieve success. I also have gained leadership skills by now being in a position to train newcomers to the sport.
By conveying my skillset in an atypical way, I have been able to separate myself from the other one hundred and twelve applicants for a position.
What are ways that you use personal interests to stand out from other applicants?