Are you finding the job search to be tedious and draining? In many ways, traditional job search tactics are no longer effective, and candidates must find new ways to stand out in a competitive job market. As one of the country’s leading staffing firms, here are some of our top strategies for how to differentiate yourself during the job search:
Showcase your professional development. Employers are always seeking employees who invest in their professional growth. Showcasing your professional development will be an asset to your candidacy, as it will demonstrate to employers that you care about your long-term success and want to make meaningful contributions to the workplace. By sharing your professional development activities (such as continuing education or industry memberships), you’ll attract relevant employers to your resume and online profiles, ultimately securing more job leads!
Leverage your personal brand.
In today’s job market, your candidacy for a position goes far beyond your resume and application. Employers are increasingly seeking candidates who have developed a personal brand around their careers and professional
interests. Your personal brand includes your digital presence (such as your social media profiles), as well as your industry and community involvement activities. By promoting your personal brand to your network, potential employers will take interest in how your skills and abilities would benefit their organization. The bottom line? Your personal brand will set you apart from the crowd and position you as a more impressive candidate!
Focus on the quality of your network. In many ways, forging meaningful connections with others in your industry – such as presidents, owners, and hiring managers – can propel your job search to an entirely new level. While your credentials and qualifications will ultimately be the catalyst for securing a new job, a high-quality network can often lead to new opportunities. You can grow your network by seeking informational interviews (such as informal lunches or coffee meetings); attending industry events in your area; and engaging with employers and colleagues on LinkedIn and other professional social media platforms.