Landing a job is hard enough in and of itself. It’s even more difficult when you’re searching in a competitive market. So, what can you do to rise above the competition and secure the interviews — and hopefully, the jobs — that you really want? Here are five tips:
Make your resume stand out.
Whether it’s a recruiter fanning through hundreds of resumes or a computer program digitally scanning thousands, you’ll need to make your resume stand out from the pile. Customize your resume and tailor it specifically to each job you apply for. Include keywords that are relevant to the position by using language pulled directly from the job posting.
Use your network.
You should always be building your professional network by connecting with past and present peers, as well as supervisors and professionals who work for other companies or even in other fields. And when it comes time to hunt for a job in a competitive market, turn to your network for help. This is when those connections may come in handy!
Use your references.
Great professional references can make all the difference when you’re in the final stages of an interview. If the recruiter or hiring manager calls your references and are impressed, you’ve increased your chances of being offered the position tenfold. So, take time to carefully select your references so that you’re putting your best foot forward during every application and interview.
Volunteer and join professional associations.
Another great way to stand out above the competition is to have more experience than just work history. Volunteer efforts and membership in professional organizations or associations are just two examples. Line items like this on your resume look great, and they give you compelling talking points during interviews and on applications that can put you ahead of the pack.
Be a leader.
Hiring managers and recruiters are often looking for candidates who can prove themselves as capable leaders, especially if the position in question is for a management role. Make it clear how you’ve demonstrated leadership in the past and how you’ll keep up those efforts once you’ve secured the job.
Landing a job in a competitive market isn’t easy. It helps to have someone in your corner. That’s where we come in. Contact Axiom Staffing Group today to find out how our staffing service can help.