Stand Out From The Crowd

Whether it’s through your CV or during the interview, it is important that you stand out from the crowd.  Spend some time thinking about your specific qualifications or experience that will make you more employable than other candidates and then talk about them.


Do your research.  What makes the company ‘tick’? Ensure you have a good understanding of the company that you are applying to work for.  Spend time looking at the products and services they offer as well as how it competes in the marketplace.  This will allow you to highlight why you would make a good addition to the company and any prospective employer will see that you have put time and thought into your preparation. Not putting in this time could make for an awkward (and unsuccessful interview).


Be confident but don’t oversell yourself as you will get found out eventually. Be clear, concise and focused.  Remember that listening to the views of others is a skill in itself so don’t underestimate the importance of listening to the views of others as it will demonstrate your ability to understand where the other person is coming from so that you can both get what you want and feel positive about it.


Highlight your ability to be logical and analytical when it comes to problem solving or resolving issues but demonstrate ways to approach problems from different angles.  Show that you can prioritise and work efficiently.  Even if you are not applying for a leadership position, it will always be an advantage if you can show that you have the potential to motivate, delegate and lead by good example.

Initiative, team player, proactive, dynamic, self motivated.  These words are key to catching an employer's interest. Mention them in your CV and at interviews and see how impressed they are with your business-speak (but don't go overboard or you'll sound daft). 

Ultimately, the best advice is to get your foot in the door somewhere.  It does not have to be the most well-paid or the job of your dreams.  The best time to apply for a job is when you already have one.  This will always give you so much more leverage.  By implementing some of these strategies, you should stand a much stronger chance of standing out in a competitive job market.  Remember, you are your own brand. Don’t be intimidated by the job description. All employers need value. Do your research. Be nice and be bold!

Published by Julie Jones