Many job seekers are wondering how they can stay competitive and stand out in such a difficult job environment. Getting a leg-up on the fierce competition is a top priority for many people who want to find work and work hard-- but are having difficulty getting ahead of their competitors. Here are five easy-to-implement tips and tricks to help give yourself a competitive edge when searching for a job.
1. Brush up on your Professional Accomplishments. Recently LinkedIn stated that the most important interview question of all time is “What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?” Be prepared ahead of time to answer this question in a casual networking conversation or in your next digital interview. You never know where your next job lead will come from – show up to important industry events, meet as many people as you can, and don’t be afraid to shine and share your accomplishments with others where appropriate. It could possibly lead to your future career.
2. Monitor Yourself Online. Google your name regularly. Remove inactive profiles or update them to reflect your current personal brand and resume, and increase the security settings on sites reserved for personal use.
3. Use Social Media. Join more than 80 percent of job seekers who feel “comfortable” or “somewhat comfortable” using social media in their job search. Use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to strengthen your personal brand online, research target employers or industries, and uncover job opportunities.
4. Look the Part. Invest in your image both online and offline with a stylish yet budget-conscious haircut, updated clothes, and a professional headshot for your online profiles. Presentation is a key aspect of your personal brand, both in digital interviews and in person.
5. Get a Smart Phone. Owning a smartphone can have a positive impact on the job search, according to 75 percent of respondents. With more companies requesting digital interviewers every day, you can complete the interview right on your mobile device or tablet so you can respond to recruiter requests immediately and keep up to date with social media - this will also signify to potential employers that you are familiar with new technology.
Remember, the competition in the job field is tough - take these 5 steps to stay ahead of the curve and stand out among top talent. Other advice to share? What do you think is the best way to edge out the competition for your next job opportunity?