How can professionals stand out from the crowd and score a job this year? According to a new survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, senior managers in Canada are most impressed when candidates provide access to an online portfolio or personal website (43%), highlight accomplishments in an infographic (39%) and add personal details unrelated to the position (e.g., hobbies) on their resume (39%). The tactics that hurt workers’ chances most are including cartoon images like Bitmojis or caricatures (42%) and using colourful fonts or backgrounds (23%) on application materials. The research also suggests professionals shouldn’t overlook writing cover letters: 60% of senior managers said it’s very helpful to receive these documents. In addition, nearly two in five respondents (37%) reported that networking on social media with employees at the company of interest can tip the scales in a candidate’s favour.