How to stand out in a crowded market
In a diverse job market, you would need to make some specific strategies to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. Be active, but unique
Take the time to select jobs that meet your profile and not just apply for every job you see. Maintaining your value as a candidate is important. Apply for the positions that match your profile and your set skills with having the experience behind you. Applying for jobs that you aren’t suited for will only lead to disappointment.
2. How to tailor your job application
Pick out key elements of your CV to match the description of each job you apply for. This will make it easy for hiring managers to know if you meet their needs. Create a customized cover letter that introduces you as the best candidate.
3. Making sure your C.V is perfect
A poorly written CV with spelling mistakes and bad grammar will not get you anywhere. Customize your C.V for the job you want. Highlight changes and growth within roles and the accomplishments you have achieved. Using power words will emphasize your accomplishments and will give your CV additional impact.
4. LinkedIn is your career show case
If you aren’t on LinkedIn, set up your free account. This is a great place to expand your network, find new opportunities and receive recommendations. A lot of employers will seek your LinkedIn profile to ensure your career history matches up, so keep it up to date. Keep your activity on here professional. If you are going to ‘like’, ‘share’ or ‘comment’ on anything, think before you do.
5. Invest in yourself
Think about which skills will make you more employable in the short and long term. If you’ve thought about going on a training course to update your skill-set, do it now. Investing in yourself means you stop drifting through life waiting for things to happen, and instead take concrete actions that bring you closer to getting the next job. Make sure you are an asset to every organisation that they need you.
6. Job hunting - a full-time job
Consider working with more than one agency. How many hours have you already spent scrolling through job boards, LinkedIn and practice websites looking for a new job - recruiters will save you time. They will also have exclusive access to some of the best jobs on the market. A good recruiter will market you to their clients beyond what is in your CV as they will develop a relationship with you and understand what you want.
7. Think outside the box
One of the most profound effects of thinking outside the box is that it will help you stay adaptable in the job market. Hiring managers are impressed by candidates who can think outside of the box in the search for their next job. People have taken positions to get their foot in the door and that has led to full-time jobs. Don’t be scared to have a different approach by doing this and using your own unique approach to job hunting could make you stand out from the crowd.