In many industries, competition for jobs continues to get more tough. The most critical thing for employees entering the job market is to stand out as exceptional to recruiters. These employers are more interested in candidates that have something interesting about them than just someone who is defined by their qualifications.
Here are 5 ways you can stand out as a candidate:
1. Personalise your CV to the role
The first step to showcase yourself is with your CV. To stand out, personalise your CV to the role that you are applying for. Be sure you highlight the experiences you have had with the requirements of the role you are applying for. And most importantly, include examples on how your work positively impacted the company’s success.
2. Do your homework
Job candidates who know the company, the market and the people will excel. Connection is chemistry and you don’t want to fake it. Research, ask knowledgeable questions and draw in your interviewer with context.
3. Be memorable
One way to stand out is to be memorable in your interview. For in-person interviews, consider leaving something behind to remind hiring managers about you, such as a portfolio of work. For virtual interviews, try to research your interviewers for commonalities you can connect on and stand out
4. Ask bold questions
While an interview is a two-way conversation, it is important to be prepared on the type of questions you will be asked and have your questions prepared that are straightforward. The information heard can determine if the job and company align with your values. This also showcases your talents to be hired.
5. Show your creativity
Showing creativity in the process demonstrates energy and initiative. The aim is to create an impression that resonates with your interviewers and gives them something to think about long after the interview finishes. There are always ways to use imaginative presentation to stand out from the crowd, for instance in the look and feel of your slidedeck or by putting together a digitally-savvy CV
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