5 Tips for Selling Yourself When Applying for Jobs

Posted on: April 11th, 2017

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Unique Selling Point (or USP) is a marketing idea developed to benefit people in business improve their sales. As a job seeker, you also have something to sell: YOURSELF!

These five tips will help you to improve your CV by using your USPs and help you get an interview.

1) What does the employer want?
When reading, a job advert you should work out what your audience (i.e. the employers) are looking for. Read the

  • Job title
  • Advert content
  • Person specification

These will show the qualifications, experience and skills that the employers need. How does your career history fit these requirements?

2) Get your message out there
This is significant. You might be a brilliant candidate, but if the key people do not know that you are available then you will lose out.
How to let employers know you’re looking for work:

  • Apply directly for jobs advertised on websites
  • Networking: catch up with your supervisor, colleagues, academic contacts and let them all know you’re on the job market

3) Respond to feedback
If you’ve been job hunting for a while, you might have had a few interviews already. Even if you fail you can still get feedback on your performance. This feedback can be used to improve your chances of getting a job in the future. Either change your CV to make it more attractive or improve your interview skills

4) Know your competition
Job hunting, just like selling, is a competition. If you are constantly knocked back then perhaps you need to learn from your competition on how they succeed when you have not.

So, share job hunting techniques with your peers. Speak to people in your field who have been recently employed. But don’t give too much away to people who will be applying for the same jobs as you!

5) Eliminate weaknesses
If you know that the profile you present to employers is weak in some way, work hard to improve it.

  • Polish your CV
  • Improve your interview technique
  • Write better cover letters
  • Present your skills/knowledge base better
  • Develop your own career by going on courses, learning new skills.