In today’s tight job market, it’s important for job seekers to have the right combination of education, experience, and skills to stand out among other candidates.
For many employers, it’s a buyer’s market, and they’re being more selective than ever, before making a hire. That means, it’s not only important to have the right qualifications, it’s just as vital to develop your own personal brand to ensure you stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips to consider as you prepare for your job search:
- Tighten Up Your LinkedIn Profile
Apart from an interview, the next best way for employers to assess potential employees is by viewing the social media profiles of candidates. So it’s smart to review, update, and if necessary, clean up your online information. Most hiring managers will look at your LinkedIn account, so be sure it’s up-to-date, and it truly reflects your skills.
A good way to update your page is to post your interests and latest experience including achievements, projects, and anything else that’s relevant to your professional aspirations. Also, get coworkers and friends to say great things about you in the testimonial thread!
- Actively Network
While experience and education go a long way toward helping you stand out in a competitive job market, networking also plays a big role in enabling you to land the right opportunity. Attend networking events and engage others in conversation. Stay in contact with the people you connect with the most, even if you’re not currently looking for a new job.
- Customize your Resume for Each Job
Your resume gives potential employers insight into your qualifications. Update your resume regularly to include your most current skills and work experience. Every time you apply for a new job, customize your information so it emphasizes the experiences and skills the employer is seeking in a candidate. You can also remove experiences that aren’t relevant to the position if you choose.
- Stay Current on Market Trends
Whether you’re an entry-level job seeker or an experienced candidate, you should identify any trends that are relevant to your experience and determine whether your hard skills are current in your industry. What’s more, during this time of COVID-19, being adaptable, collaborative, and creative is more important than ever. So evaluate your soft skills – they can often make or break a successful job search.
- Enhance your Education
It may be that bumping up your education level can qualify you for more advanced positions. Many industries, such as banking or business, often require candidates to hold a degree, although many may accept experience as an alternative. One way to further your education, particularly if you have a bachelor’s degree, is to pursue a certification. Evaluate the different certifications that would enhance your resume and help you land the job you’re after.
- Got the Interview? Now get Prepared!
Once you’ve landed an interview, this is your opportunity to shine. One of the best ways to stand out from other candidates is to make sure you’re fully prepared and can walk into the room with confidence. Research the company as well as the position. Prepare three or four thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer. Try to stay away from cliché responses – it’s always best to be conversational so your personality can show through.
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