Some people, you might be one of them, struggle to find a job or position that keeps them satisfied. Usually, this is because they are beaten to the best positions by other candidates. For instance, you might have been applying for a job as a teacher at a popular private school. Obviously, there are plenty of advantages to this type of position. The standard of teaching will be higher as well the earning level. However, there’s also a problem: Businesses like this are looking for the best, rather than average candidates. So, unless you break the mold, you’re not going to get an awesome position like this. How can you make yourself stand out to potential employers?
Give Yourself A USP (Unique Selling Proposition: Sticking with the teaching example for the moment, what makes a teacher stand out from the rest? If you look at an agency like Simply Education, you’ll see that there are plenty of opportunities for teachers on the market. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be chosen for the one that you want. You can, however, boost your chances if you have some unique skills. These days the world is a melting pot with people of different languages and cultures living together. Therefore, a bilingual teacher might certainly provide an advantage to school owners. This is just one example of a USP that will put you a cut above the rest.
Gain Some Awesome Experience: Employers always look at the experience of people who they are thinking about hiring. It’s not enough to have excellent recommendations from employers although that’s certainly a good start. You need to think about doing and pursuing experiences that make you and your resume exciting. The trick to this is not turning down unpaid positions. While they might not seem like much, they could provide exciting experiences and stories that are worth talking about in a job interview. For instance, maybe you’ve managed to rub shoulders with people who are high up in the food chain of your chosen industry. You’ll never know what possibilities await you unless you’re willing to put yourself out there.
Be Independent: When you’re out on the job market, you don’t have someone to represent you and push your agenda (although it would be nice!). Instead, you need to represent yourself and make sure that people pay attention to what you can offer. The best way to do that is to work as a freelancer in whatever spare time you have. Set yourself up with cool, killer profiles online and make sure that you are a fantastic hit.
Say What You Mean: It’s not always a good idea to be too outgoing at an interview. But you have to remember that businesses are trying to get an idea of who you are and what you can offer. You also need to know that they want to find out whether you’ll fit in well with the rest of their staff. That’s why it’s worth being yourself. A lot of candidates instead try and match who they think employers want them to be. Offering a little sincerity is sure to make you seem more interesting than other people.
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