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Standing out from the crowd – Tips for job search success

As businesses across the UK continue to re-open after the Covid-19 pandemic, many job vacancies will also open again, however competition may be higher than usual. Searching for a new job can be difficult and the more competition there is, the more important it is stand out from other applicants – so you want to make the right impression straight away!

Here are our top tips to make sure you stand out from the crowd for the right reasons:-

Be selective with your applications
By over-applying for jobs, you won’t have time to research the company, adjust your CV to match the role or read up on your responsibilities. Instead of applying for as many jobs as you can, focusing on a selection of roles allows you to put time into your application and ensure your relevant skills and experience come through. Fewer applications will also give you more time to prepare for your interviews and a well-thought out application will show employers you are a strong and motivated candidate.

Ask the interviewer questions
Having a handful of good questions prepared for the interview ensures you get all the information you need to make an informed decision should you be offered the job. As well as preparing questions in advance, try to think of questions during the interview to show how engaged you are.

Try to connect with the interviewer
Successfully establishing a connection with the interviewer can improve your chances of securing the job, especially when other candidates have similar skills and experience to you. Be aware of your body language during the interview, maintain good posture and be sure to use the interviewer’s name during the meeting, to establish a good connection.

Follow up after the interview
Following up after the interview is a great way to show your interviewers you are proactive, motivated and keen to work with them. The ideal time to follow up is within a few days of your interview to ensure the interviewer remembers you, whilst not being over-eager. During the follow up, make sure you are positive about how you think the interview went and ask for feedback on your performance.

These steps will help you stand out from the crowd and create a lasting impression on the recruiters. If you need additional support finding a new job after the Covid-19 outbreak, contact Vital People today!