“Useful Guidelines To Stand Out In The Current Labour Market”
Competition is very high in the current job market. Therefore, it is essential for you to know the tips that guarantee your exemption in the market. In this article I’ll share five useful tips that can help you stand out amidst multitude of job seekers.
1. Know Thyself
The best way to begin a job search is to define what you are looking for and to understand what kind of position and work environment will fit you best.
2. Prepare for the interview
Don’t just show up and hope for the best. Prepare for an interview by reading up about the organization so you can ask appropriate questions. Be on time. Dress professionally. Stand tall. Give a strong handshake. Make eye contact. Smile. Be ready for some tough questions. Turn off the cell phone. During the interview, show how energetic and capable you are. Demonstrate flexibility.
3. Know More About the Company Than Anyone Else
My number one tips for clients is to ensure that you have researched the company very thoroughly. Go into the interview knowing the mission statement, understanding the company’s target market, and knowing more about the history of the business than anyone else.
At some time during the interview, the interviewer may ask what you know about the business—if you can’t answer that question, it makes you look like someone that doesn’t care too much about the opportunity.
Research can be easily conducted via the company’s website, trade publications, and by asking current employees (if you know any).
Being prepared and being someone that can show you are prepared provides the interviewer with the impression you are interested in the potential job, took the time to plan ahead, and care about the outcome.
4. Focus on Personal Branding
Brand yourself with a signature trademark.How do you plan to set yourself apart during the interview? While your experience, skills and knowledge should be able to stand alone, I encourage my clients to brand themselves with a Signature Trademark.
Show your authentic self
One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
But when people interview, they often find themselves not being themselves; they put on an Interview Persona (an alternative, more ‘professional’ version of themselves).
While this isn’t necessarily bad (if you tend to run late, put on an Interview Person who is early!), what’s going to happen when you start your new job and your boss learns the ‘real you’?
While I am not saying to be unprofessional or to forego social norms around interviewing, I do encourage you to bring your authentic self to the job search process.
Yes, you should highlight your passions and interests during your interview, but you should also share your areas of improvement (and not just fake ones that you spice up for interviews). Your honesty will be a breath of fresh air for the interviewer.
Send handwritten “thank you” cards
While you (hopefully) know to send thank you emails immediately after interviews, you should also be sending hand-written (yes, handwritten) thank you notes after every interview (both phone and in-person).
Thank you notes provide the interviewer with another touch-point that reminds them of how awesome you are.
Since they don’t arrive in the mail until several days after the interview, they are a good way to keep you on the interviewer’s mind. And don’t forget to reference your Signature Trademark in the thank you card!
5. Build a “Candidate Fit Summary”
Whether you’re going on an in-person interview or phone interview, there are many creative ways to leave a lasting first impression. I always encourage my candidates to spend some extra time compiling what I refer to as a “candidate fit summary”.
This document, which can be left behind at an interview or sent via email during a phone interview, is a brief synopsis of your relevant background and core strengths.
Tailor it to the job and their needs! And prepare for the interview by reviewing the job description and giving some thought to your specific relevant experience and skill set and how this aligns with what the employer is seeking.
Not only does this jog your memory on your core strengths and how they relate to the position, but it shows the interviewer that you took the extra time to prepare and think about how you fit in.
If you follow the 5 strategies above, you will be more memorable and stand out in any job interview you go on… whether you’re interviewing first or last!
In today’s job market, it’s crucial to set yourself apart because companies are interviewing so many people for each position, so make sure you’re always doing something differently than other candidates to stand out in your interviews.