As a candidate, you naturally want to increase your chances of being placed. There are a couple of additional ways you can reach and impress your potential employer. We have compiled a list of 3 things that will help you be outstanding and secure a job.
Built a strong online presence
Employers are always seeking more information about potential candidates online and on social media platforms. You need to foster a strong online presence, and by doing this you're letting potential employers know that you are serious about your career, you're also proving that there's more to you than what's stated on your resume.
In essence, building a strong online presence will help set you apart from competing applicants. Consider having a LinkedIn page, Facebook page, blog or website and position yourself as a thought leader. These platforms always rank first and will make you more visible when potential employers are searching for you online.
You can choose whichever platform to focus on to help built your brand depending on your industry. Research shows that 94% of recruiters use, or plan to use social media for recruiting so it's important to be active on these platforms. These days your digital presence might be more important than your traditional CV.
Being a little unconventional
Your CV is a marketing document. It is the primary tool that you use to sell yourself in order to secure an interview, but what happens when you are not in possession of it and you have to sell yourself to secure an interview? You develop your self-promotional skills, the 'elevator pitch' kind of way. This is very important when you are job searching as it will come in handy when you are networking with peers and colleagues at work events or when you bump into a potential hiring manager.
So prepare for these opportunities by researching as well as practicing your speech for the people you will encounter to enable easier conversations. Remember that your goal is to show off what makes you the number one applicant and you don't have much time, so keep it precise and to the point. You can even add a call to action by giving them your business card at the end of your pitch.
Work with recruiters
Recruiters have access to jobs and connections that you might not and by working with them you increase your chances of being placed. Many companies use recruitment agencies to add quality employees to their business, making working with a recruitment agency a great way to get noticed by a potential employer. Specialist recruiters are experts in a specific industries and because of their close relationship with employers in that market they know about job opportunities before they're even out on the open market.
An estimated 70% of jobs are not advertised. So how would you tap into jobs that are never advertised? Recruiters! It is to your benefit to engage with a specialist recruitment agency that works solely with your chosen industry.
Research shows there are more people than jobs in most industries, so you must always be a step ahead if you want to be outstanding.
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