Have you heard of the ‘old way’ of job hunting that most of our parents used? They would march into an office with their CV and wait until they could meet someone to express their interest in a job. Although it was not the most effective way to go about landing a job, they were able to meet somebody and make an impression.
Today, things are certainly very different. You spend hours submitting online applications and wait to receive an email inviting you to interview for the positions. This has made it more challenging to stand out and separate yourself from all the competitors applying for those very same roles.
However, in as much as standing out is difficult today, it is not impossible. Here are ways you can use to set the right impression and rise above all the job search competition.
1. Tailor your CV
Ms Rebecca Nyawira, a professional CV writer at Corporate Staffing Services, says tailoring your CV is one of the best ways to prove that you are fit for the job.
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Therefore, go through the job description and write down any keywords or major responsibilities that seem important. Then make sure those required skills are highlighted the most.
Doing this will ensure that you get past the first level of most Applicant Tracking Systems, and also prove that you are a qualified fit for that open position.
2. Showcase Your Skills
A cover letter and CV can only go so far to describe your abilities. Have you done a lot of writing in your previous roles? Don’t just tell an employer that you have strong writing skills on your CV; include samples of your writing too.
Think of building an online portfolio that employers can access immediately they receive your application materials for example on LinkedIn.
The connections you make professionally contribute to your job search success.
If you are eager to make a connection and leave a memorable impression with a company you’re interested in, network with some of its employers.
For example make the connection on LinkedIn and interact with your potential employers.
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Start by searching for the profile of the hiring manager or the team’s department leader you’re hoping to work for. Check to see whether you have connections in common then reach out and ask them to make an introduction on your behalf.
If you don’t have any shared connections, request to connect with a personalized message.
Making the effort to get beyond the anonymity of the job application process will help you build some name recognition and stand out.
In today’s job-hunting landscape, it is increasingly tough to stand out from the sea of competition. However, it’s not impossible—as long as you are willing to get a little creative. Give these methods a try and you’ll make yourself that much more memorable.