Most worldwide economies are facing quite a rough time, making job finding a luxury rather than something absolutely normal. This can be very frustrating, especially if you have a college degree and spend so much time, money and effort into specializing in a specific field.
Pointers on how to stand out of the crowd
However, there are a couple of suggestions that can boost your CV in front of others and make you more eligible for the job of your choice.
While it is important to have a CV that highlights your education and experience, never make a CV too long. The average length of a CV is one page, so only make it 2 pages long if you absolutely must add more relevant information. When receiving hundreds of CVs, no company recruiter will spend time checking yours, word for word, no matter how great of an experience you have. Also, as you are writing your CV, make sure you only add the relevant things. Taking a cooking class won’t count for much if you are looking for a job as web designer.
Always include a letter of intent. It is your one shot to be original with your application and it will make you stand out in front of the other candidates. Try to describe as best as you can why you believe you will make a good asset to the company because that is exactly what your potential employer wants to know: “What’s in it for us?”
Make social networks work in your favor. LinkedIn is, by far, your best online resume. Never hesitate to ask for recommendations from the people you’ve worked with in the past. Use it as a mean to highlight your skills. Look for people that also work in the company where you wish to apply for a position. Also, you may want to make sure that the visible part of your Facebook profile is clean.
If you find that the people who interviewed you are reluctant in hiring you and you really want that job, why not volunteer for a position in the company. Arrange so that you may work for 1 to 3 months and if they like you, maybe they will offer you a paid position.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your contacts. You never know which one of them may know about an opening that sounds really appealing.
Apply for jobs both online and offline. If there’s one company where you’d really like to work, it’s worth it to dress up nicely and head over to their local office and leave a CV in person. It may have higher chances of standing out this way.