How to Stand Out From the Competition (read it on the Wall Street Journal)
Why Read It? Establish yourself as a best-in-class professional and be capable of easily adapting to and thriving during fluctuating economic cycles. This will set you apart and enable you to more quickly land a career-enhancing opportunity.
- Be willing to relocate – domestically or even internationally: Look for opportunities that might ultimately keep you on the cutting edge of your field.
- Consider posts that are a pay grade or title below your most recent position: You'll be positioned to exceed expectations and possibly turn the "downgrade" into a dream job later on.
- Don't give anyone a reason to doubt you: By consistently over-performing, you will ensure that you are at the top of your employer' shortlist when more prestigious opportunities become available.
"Interim positions and consulting projects can allow you to keep your skills fresh and position yourself for prime roles once regular hiring levels return."
Finding a Job in a Very Competitive Market (written by the everydaylife.globalpost.com)
Why Read It? These straightforward steps will help you stand out in.
- Sign up to online job boards' email lists to receive regular email notifications of new job postings.
- Get a stack of business cards made and hand out at appropriate networking events (like Malakye.com's Shmooz at Interbike).
- Create a unique cover letter and resume for each inidividual job you apply for. Tailoring your application to each specific job in this way will bring you favor over those job-seekers who simply send out exactly the same resume and use the same cover-letter template for every position they apply for.
- When at a job interview, tell good stories about times you've used specific qualities and talents to get a positive outcome in either your professional or personal life. By using storytelling to provide evidence of why you're the right person for a job, you avoid the possibility of spending the entire interview giving vague answers and making empty claims, setting yourself apart from the candidates who do fall into this trap.
"The 21st-century labor market has been extremely competitive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was only one job vacancy for every 3.4 unemployed people in December 2012."
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