Being a job seeker in today’s workforce is a challenge. There’s isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to help job seekers land a job. In fact, if you want to be a standout job seeker, you have to go above and beyond to land on the radar of employers.
Many job seekers today wonder why they must work so hard to find a job they love. After all, shouldn’t landing a job be easy? Unfortunately, when employers hire new employees, they want candidates with the strongest talent and most experience. Employers believe this is a guaranteed way to improve the success of their company.
Here are some tips for job seekers looking to stand out during their job search:
1. Show how you’re a service to your industry.
Every job seeker knows they need to market their expertise in order to get noticed by employers; however, the key to getting noticed is showing how you’re a service to your industry.
Job seekers who consistently market themselves, look for opportunities, and show their dedication to their industry are the ones who land jobs. Employers want to see how you’re putting in the effort to make a contribution to your given industry and how you can make an impact within their organization.
2. Market yourself for the future of your industry.
Employers are all about having a competitive advantage in the marketplace. As you apply for jobs, show employers how your skills and experience make you a trendsetter for their industry.
During your job search, ask for advice from colleagues, mentors, and professionals for their opinions on the future of your industry. Their insight will help you figure out what skills and experience you need in order to follow those trends. Once you know the future of your industry, you’ll be better at predicting future trends, which is an appealing quality to employers.
3. Understand the position of the employer you’re targeting.
When researching employers and job opening, make sure you know the position of each company. Read through their mission statement and company values. Take a look at their culture and what employees say on Glassdoor about working there. This information will give you a better idea of who the company is and how you can market yourself to fit their mold.
4. Know how to apply your skills to new roles.
Employers like hiring employees who are Jacks or Janes of all trades. If you’re applying for a job outside of your industry, use examples from your experience that show employers how your skills are versatile. Job seekers who can transition from different roles are sought after candidates because it makes the training process easier for employers and can contribute more to the organization.
5. Pay attention to the feedback others give you.
Whether it’s advice you receive from a colleague or getting turned down by an employer, use this feedback as a way to improve your image as a professional. Positive and negative feedback is critical to professional development and will make you a better individual. Especially when searching for jobs, receiving feedback on your job search tactics, resume, or cover letter can help you get ahead in your job search, too.
As you continue to search for jobs, remember to never give up. So many job seekers get close to success and eventually give up just before they land a job. We all know jobs aren’t easy to come by, but if you remain persistent, network with the right people, and highlight your best qualities, you’ll land a job before you know it.
Are you a job seeker who is trying to stand out? What are you doing to get yourself noticed by employers?
Heather Huhman writes for Glassdoor.com.