Standing out from the crowd
Many jobseekers are failing to stand out and do themselves justice in today’s market, where jobs are up, but so are the numbers of applicants.
The ability to sell yourself, develop new skills and offer relevant experience are just some of the ways you can stand out. You should also prepare, dress appropriately and listen to questions asked to avoid common jobseeker mistakes.
When an employer recruits, it wants a proven performer who can hit the ground running and add immediate value to the business. This means you need to consolidate the experience you have. This is not the time to make a sideways move to a different industry. Instead, use your skills and experience to show potential employers you are a tried and tested candidate.
If you are a graduate, professional work experience completed during your study is a huge benefit that will help you stand out from the crowd. Even a few weeks completed during semester break gives you an advantage over fellow graduates who have not taken the initiative to gain relevant experience.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at top tips for standing out, as well as the most common mistakes to avoid. Stay tuned for more.
Marc Burrage, regional director, Hays in Hong Kong