Seperate Yourself from the Competition (read it on the Wall Street Journal)
Why Read It? Lean to be a source of stimulation and make others see the value in hiring you.
- Leave no wiggle-room: By consistently over-performing, you will ensure that you are at the top of your employer' shortlist when more prestigious opportunities become available.
- Be open to interim positions or consulting projects: these can allow you to keep your skills fresh and position yourself for prime roles once regular hiring levels return.
- Position yourself for success: Career success in any type of job market is often as much about perseverance, preparation and timing as it is about talent and passion.
"Establishing yourself as a best-in-class professional, capable of easily adapting to and thriving during fluctuating economic cycles, will set you apart and enable you to more quickly land a career-enhancing opportunity."
5 Ways to Stand Out During Your Job Search (read it on Mashable)
Why Read It? As a job seeker, you should be prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to standing out to potential employers. This means tossing out your generic resume, strengthening your networking and getting creative.
- Go Niche: "Begin completely immersing yourself in your niche to build resonance with those who matter most — attend industry networking events and get active on industry social forums."
- Get Creative: You want to go above and beyond to be noticed by your potential employer and showcase yourself as being the perfect candidate for the position.
- Upgrade Your Skills: "Look for ways to keep your valuable skills in check while you seek employment. Many job seekers take on freelance opportunities, volunteer their skills to charities or work with causes they're passionate about. Your job search might even be the perfect time to focus on building new skills. Consider taking some online courses, participating in webinars, or attending conferences."
- Utilize Your Networks: strong networks are key to a successful job search.
Create a problem and push your job search in a direction that leaves hiring managers unable to move past you.
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