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Tips for Job Seekers to Stand Out From the Crowd

Posted on: March 29th, 2017

Source: JobsDB

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When an employer recruits, they want a proven performer who can hit the ground running and add new value to the business. For you to stand out in the market, it is important to consolidate the skills and experience you have. Show potential employers you are a tried and experienced candidate.

If you are a graduate, professional work experience completed during your study is a huge benefit that for you to stand out from the crowd. Even a few weeks completed during semester break gives you an advantage over fellow graduates who have not taken the initiative to gain relevant experience.

Top five tips to stand out

1. Write an impressive CV

A good CV makes a good first impression. Use a common program, such as MS Office Word, and start with your contact details. List your education and qualifications and then your work experience in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent. If you have your own website profiling your work, include the URL, but do not submit it instead of a resume. Take time to proofread your CV and avoid any spelling or grammar mistakes.

2. Present yourself

Highlight one or two exclusive selling points to differentiate yourself in your CV and in an interview, and be sure to support them with relevant examples and information. For example, were you one of the highest achievers in your university degree?

3. Experience

Nothing is more important for a job seeker than having relevant experience. For seasoned professionals, this means matching your existing skills and experience with the job requirements. For graduates, this means gaining relevant industry experience through volunteer work or a study placement.

4. Use your networks

Contact a recruitment agency, search job websites, use social media and communicate with your networks, industry bodies and university alumni.

5. Develop new skills

Stay on top of industry trends as a proof to an employer that as their industry and business moves forward, you are moving forward with it.