7 Simple, yet highly effective ways you can stand out in today’s crowded job market
In today’s post COVID-19 job market, standing out in a sea of applicants is the number one key to success when securing your dream role. This has never been more important, or more challenging than ever.
The job market is continuing to shift from the instability of COVID-19 to a hive of activity – which means if you are on the search for a job, you are not alone. In fact:
- 46% of Australians are planning to make a job or career change in the next two years
- 16% of Australians are planning to make this move within the next one to three months1
While this level of competition can be daunting, here are seven simple strategies you can take on board to stand out from the rest:
1. Have your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date
This may seem like the most basic advice ever, but it’s important that you have an up to date resume and LinkedIn profile as employers can move pretty quickly when back-checking your suitability for a position. They also want to know your most recent experience as this can make or break the decision.
Reach out to industry professionals and potential connections for advice and any information on potential job openings. As an example, local recruiters have all the knowledge about what is happening right now in the job market and may be the perfect person to network with.
3. Highlight your leadership skills and experience
Employers and recruiters are always impressed with leadership skills. Ensure to highlight any project management experience you may have had.
4. Have relevant examples to back up your skills
Anyone can say they can do something. It is another thing to have specific examples of how you have accomplished it. Numbers can make a difference.
5. Find your Unique Selling Point (USP)
Everyone has one – what’s yours? If you are struggling to figure out what makes you the best candidate or can’t seem to word your USP to make you seem like a pro, Coastal Recruitment Group can help you with this and connect you with employers that will value your USP.
6. Prepare to ‘sell’ yourself
There is no more daunting question in an interview than “So, tell us about yourself?” or even “Tell us why you deserve the job”. It’s so broad, it’s so indirect and it’s an extremely hard question to prepare for. But, there’s no need to fear this question if you are confident and can sell yourself in a sentence or two. Don’t waffle – answer with confidence and highlight your USP! Think of it as your personal elevator pitch.
7. Seek advice
Don’t be afraid to seek advice from colleagues, industry professionals or recruiters to ensure that you’re making a great, long-lasting impression to really pin down your dream job.
If you are on the search for a new position, Coastal Recruitment Group are here to help. Our Recruitment Specialists will show you exactly how you can stand out from the crowd and can help you secure your dream role sooner.
1 Independent research conducted by Nature on behalf of SEEK. Interviewing 4800 Australians annually – https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/article/what-to-know-about-making-a-career-change-now
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