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Stand Out From The Crowd

9th August 2018

Stand Out From The Crowd

When applying for a role, it’s safe to assume that other people will be as well.

Employers and recruiters will likely receive lots of applications, from which they will have to select the best. It’s easy to find yourself culled in this narrowing down process.

 How to give yourself the best chance? Stand out from the crowd.

But how can you do that?

Get Your CV Right

Your CV is all potential recruiters will have on you. It needs to portray you in the best light possible. Get rid of the clichés and corporate jargon – be yourself, be concise and be interesting!

We’ve written a couple of blogs in the past that may help you get the perfect CV. Find out about our CV Do’s and Don’ts here. Get some tips on improving the structuring of your CV here.

You need to create a CV that expresses your personality, yet is still formal and correct for the role you’re applying for. If you can, make it relevant to the job you are after. Recruiters tend to spend an average of five to seven seconds looking at a CV, so you’ve got to make it count. Draw them in early and engage them throughout.

Use Social Media

Get social. It’s so crucial in your job search now. LinkedIn in particularly. This is like a second CV. You should spend time sorting your profile out, organising it properly to show all your experience. Also ensure your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles are clean and profile privacy settings are set correctly. Many employers will check your social channels before employing you, so it’s important to not ruin your chances.

Social Media is also a good job for finding jobs. Follow companies you are interested in or recruitment agencies in your location or industry. Most jobs are now posted on social channels – 94% if companies use social media to recruit – so it’s important to stay up to date.

Social media is a massive tool in your job search – make sure you use it.

Make Your Spare Time Count

Make the most of your extra time. Get involved in the industry you’re interested in. You will gain experience, skills and knowledge and it will help you stand out from other candidates.

Perhaps it’s gaining some work experience, writing a blog or taking a course. Any of this will help you propel yourself to the top of the pile. Make sure you include anything you do in your CV and show it off to your potential employer! Not only will they value the added ability, it also says a lot about your work ethic that you are willing to put in the extra hours.

In a diluted job market, it’s important to present the best version of yourself. Make sure you stand out from the crowd.

 

 

 

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