How to stand out in an overcrowded job market

In today’s world everyone is worried about what to do after graduation.Each one of us want a promising job but are afraid of the common interview questions which will be asked.wants to get noticed to get a promising job.But in a crowded job market trying to make yourself stand out can be a real-deal challenge because one has to pass through the tricky job interview questions and also the personality assessment part..People don’t actually know how to get a job.These are some tips to help get noticed in the job market—

1.Finding out your USP-Every potential employee when applying for a job has a unique selling point(USP).It means the caliber and capacity of the employee with which he will bring success, accolades and appreciation for the company and how he is the best find for it better than anyone else. Generally job seekers highlight one or two unique selling points to differentiate themselves from others. So a candidate should think about his/her skills or experience or achievements to find their unique selling points.

2.Leadership goals-Recruiters and employers are many times impressed by leadership skills. It’s good to state about your leadership experiences like when you conducted a team project.

3.Have an example-ready talk-It’s good to have examples to back up your skills and experiences. Giving real examples like when you used your leadership skills to manage a team for a six month project will be more impressive than just simply stating that you have strong leadership skills. You can also mention numbers to give the real feel.

4.Summarize your experience-To include a summary, a short statement of three or four sentences summing up your personal details of identity, your suitability for the role, your aim further in your career at the top of the resume. It’s also good to include specific experience relevant to the role you are applying for.

5. Answer questions directly-In an interview don’t make your answers general. For eg, rather than talking about your leadership or organizational skills in general you may talk about how you used your above mentioned skills to implement a new way of  doing things that resulted in your team’s success in any way. You need to answer questions directly and thoroughly about your career history, past actions and results.

6.Ask insightful and proper questions-In an interview it’s also important to ask your own questions. Your questions can help you to stand out by showing that you are truly interested and also that you have done your share of research on the role. There are relevant questions to ask your employer like ‘what skills do successful people at the company have’? and ‘how do you think I match up in this position?’

7.Fill in the gaps-A candidate who has the needed technical knowledge and proper skills required by the industry is considered a more competitive candidate. So the   candidate has to think about his knowledge, gaps in skills and weaknesses. The candidate has to ask himself what are his weak points which he has to update and improve upon and what added skills and abilities he needs to improve upon. He may probably have to update on his presentation skills or business acumen. The candidate can search for online programs to expand his knowledge and capacities. The sole purpose of the candidate is to stand out and get noticed. 

8.Build your soft skillsThere’s a difference between hard and soft skills. Hard skills are job-specific comprising academic, technical qualifications and training. And soft skills are the personal attributes, personality traits, communication abilities. The soft skills help people to navigate their work well with others, fare better and achieve set goals. The candidate must be able to communicate well which means he must be able to write and speak clearly, with confidence. He must be able to collaborate and be proper to handle teamwork as teamwork is critical to the growth of the business. He must be friendly, cooperative and kind. He must be dependable and reliable. He should also possess time management skills and be a thorough professional in conduct, behavior and attitude. He must be open to learning new skills. He must be able to listen and comprehend to try and build stronger rapport with co-workers and clients. He must be adaptable and flexible. He must also show strong interpersonal skills. He must find chances to collaborate with people and know how to work with them smoothly. He must also strengthen his weak points.

9.Work on your CV-The candidate should prudently list the two skill sets, hard and soft in his CV. When the candidate lists the hard skills on his resume he must back them with a certificate or degree. He must show how he used the hard skills in his work and made progress. The candidate should also balance his profile with proper soft skills to display.

10.Narrate your story-The candidate should use solid examples of his soft skills.He must not vaguely list his qualities but instead should add a narrative of how he displayed that quality in a situation to get the desired result.

There are some points which catch the employer’s attention. They are—

1.Have confidence and show a positive attitude.

2.Have proper communication,leadership and presentation skills.

3.One should use real-life examples to give answers.

4.One should show enthusiasm for the role.

5.One should try to put forward the plus points he will bring to the business.

6.One should prepare some questions to ask the interviewer.

7.One should show interest and display good understanding of the role.

8.One must always be an active listener.

These tips can help you to stand out  from the vast ocean of job seekers making your profile better and highlighted and thus saving you a lot of headaches.

Published by ambikajha

I am Ambika Jha.I like to write on different topics.I feel life is too short for anything.So let us work our best in the given time and let life's music be in rhythm and rhyme.So be your best and never stop to learn and write.

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