How to stand out in a competitive job market
Director Kerri-Ann Hargreaves shares observations from the job market, some tips & tricks for navigating the application process, and ultimately provide you with insight into ensuring YOU stand out and remain conspicuous in a competitive job market…
So, what can you do?
As a job seeker, you are competing against many people. So, it is essential to go the extra mile to impress the hiring manager (we expect this from them also).
Writing a CV
Tailoring a CV to a job spec (this is key).
Don’t be afraid to highlight achievements.
Share detailed and relevant information for each role.
Add your full name, contact email & telephone number (you’d be surprised how many forget!).
Follow up! If you haven’t received a response within 72 hours chase the recruiter or hiring manager. Chase again.
Consider writing a cover letter, these are particularly useful when applying for a role that is different from those on your CV, where you have decided to take a step back or a different direction.
As recruiters we love to hear from you, we are happy to hear from you, for you to ask questions. A healthy relationship is one where the lines of communication are not blurred. It’s good to talk!
Prepare interview questions for the hiring manager – consider asking questions around their onboarding process, business goals and objectives, challenges they expect to face, ask about them and the team you will be working with.
When discussing the above it is important to recall your experience in these areas if relevant.
Talk around key areas the business are looking for in their job specification – sharing your experiences that have worked in previous businesses, demonstrating via examples how can you add value.
Use the information in a job specification to your advantage – these are the talking points and areas of experience you draw upon.
Research the company – using Google, LinkedIn, social media pages – by knowing what they are sharing this will help you to build an understanding of their culture and support the questions you want to ask.
Show your excitement and interest.
Don’t forget the thank you/follow-up email, reiterate points made in the interview – this could be your chance to stand out against other applicants.
*Remember, talented people, are hard to find! Be impressive, but please remember to be impressed.
Still, need help? Reach out to one of our Mentors who can provide tailored support to you and your next career move. Alternatively dive into our Jobs Portal where we connect the like-minded and uniquely minded.