Job Search – Stand Out From the Crowd
Job Search – Stand Out From the Crowd – This post is about applying for advertised vacancies for which you are in competition. Unfortunately, in the present climate, job seeking is intensely competitive. There are usually many applicants for every advertised post. That’s is why networking to find work is so important.
When you submit a written application, with or without a CV/Résumé, what matters most is that you convince the recruiter that you meet the criteria for the vacancy. Include relevant keywords that will stand out like head lights – you can find out more about job search keywords at this link.
Once you get to the interview stage, you are up against others who havea lso shown on paper that they meet the requirements. The interview and your references will show whether what you have said on paper in valid. And at interview stage you need to stand out from the crowd.
Standing out from the crowd is not without risks.
Job Search – Stand Out From the Crowd – Take into account the culture of the organization when deciding how to make your mark. When deciding what to wear for the interview, for example, knowing the company dress code is important. If it is casual then make sure you wear very smart casual attire. No, you don’t want be so bland that you sink into the wall paper. Wearing, for example, a smart but distinctive tie, scarf or piece of jewellery, can help the interviewers remember you. The “something distinctive “needs to be chosen with great care and very good taste!
The interview is also an opportunity to show clearly that you will bring added value beyond that required by the job specification. Show that added value with care. And make sure that what you say is relevant to the questions that you are being asked and to the job.
You can stand out by showing your enthusiasm. Being actively engaged in the process and showing real interest in the organization impresses. Be interested in what the interviewers have to say to you.
The impression you want to make is that you are intelligent, highly competent and likely to be an asset to the organization and to your future work colleagues.
Make sure that you get a good night’s sleep before the interview. Do your best to arrive in plenty of time. You want to be bright-eyed and relaxed – not red-faced and slightly out of breath.
You want to be remembered but for all the right reasons!
Make sure you do your home work. Find out all you can you can about the job, the organization and the people you are likely to meet. Treat them with courtesy and work hard to show evidence that you are the person best able to do the job.
If you would like support in your job search please get in touch.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link