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Strategies that will Help you to Stand out in a Competitive Job Market

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If you are working in a competitive job market then you will need to make sure that you have the skills, education, experience and drive to stand out amongst the other candidates. It’s so important that you try and develop your own personal brand as well.  If you want to get some help with this, then simply read this guide.

Get the Right Work Experience

If you are trying to pursue your very first professional job then you can stand out by simply trying to secure some work experience. You can also undergo an internship if you want. Even if you know that you are undergoing unpaid work, it can help to give you the invaluable experience you need to really excel. Even if it’s not what you want to do for the rest of your life, it may give you the stepping-stone you need to get to where you need to be.

Voluntary Work

Voluntary work is a fantastic way for you to increase your work experience. It can help you when you are trying to pursue a degree or if you have finished college. Recruiters tend to ask their candidates to have a good level of work experience and if you can volunteer then this can help you to get the competitive edge you need, over other people who may be vying for the same position as you. Voluntary work is very beneficial for those who are seeking professional work experience, but who are also looking to enhance their experience or even pursue another career path.

Work on your Education

If you want to help yourself then it is wise for you to try and work on your education. Having a degree can help you with your career potential and it can also help you to qualify for even more advanced positions. A lot of industries require candidates to have a degree, so make sure that you explore this if possible. If you don’t want to undergo further education, then you can try and undergo training instead. Check out online sites to see what courses are available and look into EWP yellow card if you work in construction.

Network

Even though experience and education will go a long way when it comes to standing out in a competitive market, networking can play a huge role in helping you to find new opportunities. Attend any events that may come up and try and engage others in a conversation if you can. Stay in contact with those who you connect with, if you are not looking for a new job right now, connections like this are always worth having.

Customise your Resume

Your resume will give potential employers the insight they need to get an idea about your experience. Update it regularly and also make sure that you include any relevant skills and work experience. If you can do this, then you will soon find that you can come out on top. Customise your resume so that it emphasises the experience and even the skills required to obtain a certain job as well, as this will rocket your chances.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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