The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the U.S. economy will add more than nine million jobs between 2014 and 2024. Technical operations and healthcare support roles are among the fastest growing occupations open to job seekers. And because opportunities are gradually increasing, the competition for those positions is increasing, too. This makes standing out to potential employers all the more important. Here are some tips you can follow.
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Apply for jobs that need your skillset
The Balance explains that each job application gets less than 30 seconds of review time. Don’t bother sending in your resume if you don’t have the right skills for the vacant position. It is best to target your approach and find a company that is looking for a skillset that you have. Law employment experts Special Counsel explain how it is important to be aware of the skills shortage that industries are facing. If you have a niche skill that is in-demand this will give you a much better chance of getting noticed compared to a job that applies to a wide range of applicants. Even if you don’t have an in-demand skillset, being aware of the gaps in the market will allow you to tailor your abilities to stand a better chance of getting hired.
Keep your resume updated and honest
Your resume is your initial pitch. It shows potential employers your strengths, skills, and experiences. A well written resume will help you make a good first impression. Entrepreneur suggests you keep it brief and straight to the point, with enough emphasis on what you’re good at and what you’re willing to contribute to the team. Everything you want to say should be presented in easy to read points. It is also important to make sure you customize your resume for each job you apply for. Here on Denver Career Catalyst we recommend you steer clear from templates as recruiters can easily spot them, and they often try and cram as much information as they can onto one page. Avoid too much emphasis on what the resume looks like and focus more on the flow.
Do your research
Don’t be lazy when it comes to learning about the companies you’re applying to. Many of today’s employers describe their company culture on their websites. Doing your homework about a certain company, will certainly help you in your job interview if you get invited, as it shows that you are forward thinking.
Show your willingness to learn and grow
The purpose of a job interview is to see whether or not you would fit in with the office culture. Employers are usually looking for your willingness to learn and whether or not you’re able to take on their company practices. Small Business notes that the business world is constantly changing, which means employers are on the lookout for people who can keep up with its pace. You’re not expected to know everything, but you do need to show that you have the ability to take on information.
Ask the right questions
The end of the interview is a great chance to show potential employers your initiative. Ask questions that subtly sell you and show you’re interested in being successful at your potential role. You can ask about the potential professional developments that you can look forward to, as well as the challenges you might encounter. The questions can also reinforce how serious you are about the role.