September 11, 2022
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Today’s job market is increasingly competitive and it can be tricky to stand out from the crowd. It's practically a jungle out there, with hundreds of applicants fighting for the same roles. The best way to get a job is to make yourself so fascinating that they can’t say no!
Joking aside, in this cutthroat world you need to stand out if you want to land that perfect role. The job search process can feel like a constant struggle between your goals and the realities of work. If you are reading this article, it means that you’ve already taken the first step towards getting your dream job – by being aware of what’s required!
Here are 5 ways to stand out from the crowd and attract a great job.
1. Network, network, and network some more
The old adage that “nothing happens until somebody sells something” is particularly true when it comes to career advice. And while social media and online communities are great for sharing and collaborating on ideas, networking with people in the real world is still the best way to get ahead. Networking is about building relationships, not trying to sell your wares to everyone you meet.
True, you might come across as a little desperate if you approach your network like a telemarketer, but if you build genuine relationships, you’ll find that people are willing to help. The best way to network is to be open, friendly, and genuine. Be curious about the people around you, and do your best to bring out the best in them. Make an effort to get to know people in the industry you want to work in. Offer to help people with their projects, and look for opportunities to collaborate.
Action: Set goals with Linkedin to connect and then interact with relevant connections that may support your job search.
2. Use your current job as a platform to build confidence
As you’re building your network, don’t forget about the role you’re currently doing. Your current job can be a great platform for building confidence and getting the experience you need to stand out as a job seeker. Rather than seeing your current job as a temporary stepping stone, invest your time and energy in growing and developing your skills.
One of the most important things to remember is that enthusiasm is infectious. If you come across as passionate and excited about your career, it will show in everything you do. You can even take this one step further by looking for ways to get more involved with your industry outside of work. There are plenty of professional organisations and associations that can help you to make connections, build your reputation, and get the experience you need to stand out.
Action: Be proactive in seeking out ‘extra-curricular’ activities to participate in the sector. Are you able to join trailblazers, forums, social media groups or industry panels?
3. Create a portfolio of work that showcases your skills and talents
As well as focusing on developing your current job, you should also be thinking about what role you want to move into. The best way to do this is to start creating a portfolio of work that showcases your skills and talents. And, unlike the olden days, the internet has made it easier than ever to get creative.
These days you can use everything from social media to blog posts, e-books, online courses, and podcasts to showcase your talents. Not only does this help you to get noticed, it also gives you a chance to develop your skills and try out new things.
Action: Consider a resource you that you can create and share online for your peers. What will you create? Where will you share it?
4. Leverage online tools and platforms to boost your visibility
When you’re building your network, and creating a portfolio of work, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re visible online. Make sure you have a profile on reputable social media platforms and that you’re following any relevant blogs and publications.
Similarly, you should be making sure that your website, or online portfolio or blog, is up-to-date and contains everything that a potential employer might want to know. Make sure that you’re listed on any relevant job boards and that you’ve included your location and other information on your website. This will make it easier for potential employers to find you.
Action: With Linkedin being the most prevalent professional social networking platform, make sure your profile is up to date and contains relevant information. If an employer lands on your profile, what do you want them to think and do next?
5. Develop a signature skill that’s currently in-demand
Finally, make sure that you’re developing a signature skill that’s currently in-demand. This is particularly true in fields like marketing, content, and design, where new technologies are transforming how companies operate. Take your time to explore what skills are in-demand, and make sure that you’re developing something that you’re passionate about.
When you’re passionate about your work, it’s easier to get better at it. You’ll also find it a lot easier to promote yourself. And, with the right tools, it’s possible to build a strong online presence with limited resources.
Action: Keep an eye on Bolt Job’s salary & job report to find out what roles are in demand and growing in potential earnings.
Life is a journey, and finding a job is a big part of it. Stay true to yourself and what you want out of life and this will help you to stand out from the crowd. People can smell desperation and it won’t help you get what you want. Follow these tips and you will go far.
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Founder Alex Lockey is an expert in further education, learning, and skills sector. He leads cost-effective hiring solutions and is known for successful talent placements. Dynamic and driven, Alex seeks innovative solutions to solve sector hiring challenges.