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In the current market, starting a job search can be daunting; job searching habits and a smart approach needs to be developed. Most job seekers fall in to the same routine: check ads in the newspaper, or in professional journals, write a CV and cover letter etc. However The Guardian has highlighted three key actions to take to make you stand out of the crowd.
Firstly, be familiar to the people who are doing the hiring. Psychologists have known for years that people tend to like things that they know. By investigating the company, the events they sponsor and any detailed information about them, an application can have a little boost of familiarity when employers are reading through it.
Secondly, networking is incredibly important. Many first-time job seekers want to get a job on their own to prove they can do it by themselves. However, at the end of the day, getting a job is the most important, not how you got it. The Guardian recommends constantly networking, using alumni from universities and finding industry related meetings. Use contacts to make recommendations and follow up on every link possible.
Thirdly, hone your pitch. Research has shown that an employer will only remember roughly three things about a new meeting, book or encounter. Therefore focus on three core strengths in a resume and highlight these throughout the meeting.
Ultimately the key message The Guardian is putting across is that 'knowledge is power', the more you know about the company and the way the job hunting world works, the more successful you will be in gaining employment. However, it is crucial to remember that many jobs are obtained through luck, therefore don't let rejections get you down.
Read the article here: Make yourself stand out: the rule of three
on 14 June 2012