How to stand out in a new job
Selling your unique skills and talents is essential during the recruiting process.
Showing employers what sets you apart from the competition is what earns you the job.
So here we take a look at some expert tips on how to bring attention to your points of difference:
1. Identify your unique qualities
What do you bring to the role that most others wouldn’t?
What makes you the best person for the job compared to anyone else?
Elyssia Clark, SEEK’s head of customer research and strategy, said don’t be afraid to really sell your best attributes.
“Even though you tend to be a modest person, employers need to know why you are the best fit for the job, so speak up and be confident,” she said.
“Use recent examples to showcase your qualities. It could be a solution to a problem you worked on, individually or as a team, or a creative approach that produced a particular result.
2. Showcase leadership
Leadership skills are on every employer’s wish list.
The ability to lead is the culmination of many skills, such as communication, respect and initiative.
Showing that you have these skills, even if you have never been in a managerial position, indicates that you are an excellent team player as well as a potential leader.
3. Prepare examples
Be prepared to back up your skills and experience with details of recent examples. The more specific you are with the numbers, the better.
“For example, ‘I ran a six-month sales campaign that generated $ 5 million in revenue’ looks a lot stronger than ‘I ran a sales campaign that generated huge revenue,'” Ms. Clark said.
4. Summarize your experience
A personal summary at the top of your resume helps time-constrained employers understand a lot about you at a glance.
Summarize why you are ideal for the job in three or four sentences and try to use words from the job description to keep your summary relevant to the job.
5. Update your SEEK profile
Employers often view many profiles on one platform because it is convenient and easy to compare job seekers.
Think about it as you tweak your profile and make sure to update it regularly.
“A detailed and up-to-date online profile is a winning part of your job application,” Ms. Clark said.
“You can often put more information on your profile than on your CV, so it can be a source of information for employers who want to know more about you. “
6. Ask relevant questions
Asking questions is another opportunity to showcase your winning qualities during the interview process.
Try to link your questions to something your employer said or to a detail that was described in the job posting. For example, “You mentioned the business growth plans, can you tell me more? “
7. Personality pays
Employers place great importance on positive personality traits.
A SEEK survey from June 2021 found that two in three employers would rather hire someone who has a passion for a role, but limited experience, rather than someone who is fully qualified but lacks passion.
Four in five recruiters have employed someone who is enthusiastic, willing to learn and motivated, but lacks the right technical skills.
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Source: Independent research conducted by Nature on behalf of SEEK, interviewing 4,800 Australians per year (June 2021).