Master Your Job Search: how to stand out in a competitive market
It can be challenging to get yourself noticed in today's competitive job market.
In this latest edition of our newsletter, we've put together a guide to help you master your job search and showcase your skills and abilities to potential employers.
Finding that perfect job can be hard work, but with our guidance, you can equip yourself with the right tools and techniques to stand out amongst the crowd.
Here are our top tips for mastering your job search.
1. Refine your CV
Your CV is your first impression. To get ahead, you need a CV that's up-to-date and showcases your skillsets. Make sure it isn't too long (ideally 2 pages max), only has relevant qualifications listed, and your job history is listed in reverse chronological order.
2. Build a portfolio
Where possible, showcase your work either with an online portfolio or recommendations. Websites such as GitHub, Behance, or even building your own website, are great ways to show off your work. If you have delivered IT projects for clients, then get written client recommendations you can take with you to interviews.
Getting further relevant qualifications is also a great way to boost your application.
3. Build a strong online presence
In this digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial. Make sure you're active on relevant social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, and that your profiles are up-to-date and professional.
4. Tailor your application
Show you're serious and invested in the role. Tailor your CV to the job your applying to and the key skillsets they're asking for - show examples of how you've met the job requirements.
5. Network, network, network!
There are loads of opportunities, both virtual and face-to-face where you can meet others within your industry. Even speaking with friends/ex-colleagues about your job search may open up new opportunities.
If you're local to the Hampshire area, why not come along to the South Coast User Group - a free event on all things Microsoft Cloud, with different speakers each month and free food/drink provided.
6. Be proactive
Don't wait for job opportunities to come to you - seek them out! Reach out to companies you're interested in and connect with key people within those businesses on LinkedIn.
Engaging with their content is another way to get noticed!
7. Use social media to your advantage
Social media can be a powerful tool in your job search. By following the companies you want to work for, you'll see the latest job opportunities and be able to learn more about their culture - key for interview preparation.
8. Utilise job search websites and apps
Sign up for industry-specific websites and download apps so you get notifications for the latest jobs. You can create your own alerts and tailor your profile.
9. LinkedIn Open to Opportunities
This is a great way of indicating to both recruiters and other companies that you're open to a new job role.
Don't worry about your current job finding out - you can do this discretely and not opt to have the green banner displayed on your profile picture. By doing this, only companies with a Recruiter Premium license, that aren't working at your current company, will be able to view you're "open to opportunities" on LinkedIn.
10. Reach out to recruiters
Get in contact with a recruiter to help you with your search - but be picky! Choose someone who's trusted and an expert within your industry. Decent recruiters will have access to the latest job roles and can also open doors with companies you'd want to work for.
Take the next step in your career
Although finding the perfect job might not be easy, it's not impossible.
By following these tips, you can master your job search and make yourself noticeable in the competitive market.
And remember, the key to success is to remain positive, be persistent, and keep focused on that end goal - your ideal job.
If you're looking for a change in your career, Mexa Solutions is here to help you take the next step. Get in contact with our experienced consultants to speak about the latest opportunities we have on 020 3642 email@example.com.