The job market, no matter the niche, can become quite competitive, especially when there are a number of equally viable candidates with more experience or a higher level of education. While these two factors do help for increasing hiring potential, they are certainly not the be all and end all for assuring a position. Applying for jobs is the first step toward receiving one, and the action of doing so should be carefully constructed in order to stand out from the crowd. Applying early, following application instructions carefully, and building an online presence are just some of the many things you can do to display a grander personality and determination.
Here are just a few tips you can implement during the application process:
The Early Bird Gets the Worm.
Applying early is often one of the best ways to ensure a hiring manager will see your application immediately. Hiring managers will often look at resumes in the order they are received and sometimes will begin the interview process as soon as they come across a stellar resume. Thanks to the Internet, you can set email alerts for job sites alerting you of brand-new job postings as immediately as they become available.
Focus On Achievement.
When sending out a resume, only focus on achievements that have been accrued over your career. Highlight positive accomplishments in education, work experience, or your personal life, if applicable.
Create a Stellar Resume.
If writing isn’t your forte, it may be a wise idea to consult with a professional resume writer that can highlight your top achievements while creating an easy-to-read and straightforward resume. Also, a resume should have a font no less than 12 points to be easy on the eye. Always customize a resume to make sure that it fits the job description, carefully placing pertinent keywords related to the vacancy’s responsibilities.
Follow Application Instructions.
Hiring managers will often receive a multitude of applications that don’t pertain to the job description, which is often why they put special instructions for applicants. To stand out from individuals who merely submit their resume without even reading the job description, make sure to examine all relevant rules for applying. Sometimes, hiring managers may ask applicants to insert a specific job code in the subject line of emails, or ask for PDF files of resumes only. Doing this can certainly make an impression on hiring managers.
Build an Online Presence.
Having a professional website that includes a portfolio, pictures, video, and a resume can be a great way to stand out from others in the same niche. The website link can be included in applications for jobs, and can also act as a marketing tool for you.
In Florida, it’s a very competitive job market and few openings for specific niches exist. That doesn’t mean you cannot find a job. Finding innovative and creative ways of standing out, in a professional manner, can make all the difference for getting your foot in the door. By taking an active role in your career, rather than sitting back and waiting for someone to offer a job, you can ensure a better success rate of beginning your career and building your experience over time.
At CAREERXCHANGE, we are here to help employees and job seekers guide their way toward building a successful career. Contact us today to learn more about the roles we play in helping candidates build their talent, visibility, and career success.