Do you dare to be different? Well if not, now’s the time to start, because there’s so much competition in the job market right now you need to really stand out to stand a chance of landing your dream role. Here are a few tips to help you stand out in your job search
It is important that you not only show potential employers how your skills & experience suit the role advertised but also try and show them your personality. Employers don't just hire people solely on skills/experiences but they need to make sure that the personally will fit in with the team.
Be Creative & Different
What you have got to realise in your job search is that every other jobseeker will be using the same traditional methods as you. Another method to stand out is to be creative & different is by developing a video CV, an infographic CV, a blog or website or even an e-portfolio. Think of what you can do different to stand out.
Throughout your job search, try and show what a determined individual you are. Employers are impressed with individuals that can evidence that they are determined. This is because determined workers get the tasks done and don't quit even when things get difficult. Show that you're determined to reach your goal no matter how long or difficult it can be.
Willing To Help
Due to the competition there is for jobs, a lot of jobseekers are only looking out for themselves. They can be very selfish and that can be unappealing to employers. Recruiters, influential individuals and even employers are impressed by jobseekers that are willing to help others. This can be done by passing on tips or opportunities. If you can help someone during your job search then do it. It will help you build up your reputation & can get you noticed even leading to new opportunities.
Develop A Reputation
Using social media, is important to develop your reputation not only amongst potential employers but also leading industry professionals. By developing your reputation, you slowly become aware to leading people who could either point you to opportunities or give you an opportunity. Be aware that the way you behave, interact, and act can either help or hinder your reputation. Always try and develop your reputation throughout all your actions.
You have to get yourself noticed and to do that you have to socialise either online or in person. Don't be afraid to interact with others. Through these interactions you may become aware of opportunities of help. Go to job/career fairs, job hunt events/clubs and interact online on blogs or discussion forums. Remember that all this socialising can also help you develop your reputation too.
Due to the competition being tough and difficult during a job search, some will of cause try and enhance their prospectives by telling a few small white lies. Unfortunately, no matter how small the lie is, during your job search, once it is found out which they usually are, not only your reputation damaged for the worse, so are future opportunities. Stand out by being truthful not only about yourself but your skills, experience and your history.