8 Tips to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market

1. Patience

Chances are, it's going to take longer than normal to get hired, so set your expectations accordingly and do what you can to not burn yourself out while searching for a job.

2. Touch up your online presence and personal brand

Since an employer may not be able to meet you in real life, they may be more prone to turn to Google to fill in any blanks. That's why it's so important to always keep an eye on your online self.

3. Polish your personal presentation

Remember to give your resume a close edit, and have someone else review it. You can even take it to the next level and get a professional resume writer to take the reins.

4. Boost your network

Your personal brand, experience, and education all matter—but who you know could be the key to unlocking your next job opportunity.

5. Highlight essential skills

Pepper your resume with experiences or accomplishments that highlight your essential skills. These skills include the ability to communicate clearly, work well with others, multi-task, and lead.

6. Voluntary work and internships

You can use freelance work, voluntary work, internships, or volunteer experience o round out your resume to stand out, and occupy your time if you're unemployed.

7. Learn

Learning a new skill, language or earning a certification can help boost your resume to the top of the pile.

8. Be flexible

Many professionals spend years mapping out their careers, but during times like these, it's imperative to be flexible. Take some time to assess your skills and think about other plans — even if just temporarily.



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