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What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2020 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.
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How To Stand Out When Job Hunting

Job seeking will always be a stressful experience whether you are embarking on your career, looking for a big move to a different company or even just looking for part-time work. It can be highly competitive and challenging to go up against others, especially if it is a job that you need. Although job-hunting will always be stressful, there are a few steps that you can take, which should help to give you a competitive edge and stand out from the crowd. So, if you are looking to land a new job anytime soon then read on for a few ideas.

Tailor Every Application

When you are applying to multiple jobs every single day, it is much easier simply to copy and paste your covering letter and to use the same CV. This is something that recruiters pick up on immediately and will deter them quickly. Instead, carefully read the job advert and tailor your covering letter and CV to the application and make sure that you have addressed all the areas.

Create A Professional Website

It is helpful in today's day and age to have a professional website when you are job seeking. This can act as an online CV which goes into greater detail and can contain links to your work, quotes from previous employers, links to social media and much more. You will want this to be a professional-standard website, so it is a good idea to use an experienced web design company from your local area, such as web design Birmingham.

Work On Your Soft Skills

No matter what industry you operate in, having excellent soft skills will help you to stand out from the crowd and get noticed particularly when you get to the interview stage. You can always polish your soft skills and turn weaknesses into strengths, but it can require extensive research and practice.

Earn Additional Qualifications

One of the best ways to make your CV stand out from the crowd is to earn additional qualifications. Qualifications are highly valuable when it comes to job hunting because they show a certified level of knowledge and/or skills which will be attractive to recruiters particularly for certain industries and roles. You can often take courses entirely online now which can be a flexible way to earn a valuable qualification.

Network

The old saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know" may not be entirely true but there is some truth to the latter part. Having an extensive network of valuable contacts can help to open doors and increase the likelihood of you knowing someone that may be able to help so networking (online and offline) is always a smart idea.

If you are on the hunt for a new role, then these are just a few of the best ways that you can stand out from the crowd. Job hunting is a stressful challenge, but it is important that you keep your head up and know the best way to promote yourself.



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