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Make your job application stands out

The big mistake is to believe that creating a memorable impact is just a matter of chance. The odds increase when you plan accordingly. Do not think of novelty or gimmicks, but, an action which helps you to stand out and remain memorable. Keep it simple. Look to be clear, original and back this up with strong examples. Let us look at how to stand out from the crowd.

Easy to read CV

Potential employers are busy and often review hundreds of CVs. Sometimes, being remembered is simply a matter of doing the ordinary things very well. For this reason, it is very important to make your CV easy to read. Follow the basic rules of drafting a good CV.

First page impact

The first page of your CV needs to engage the reader if you want to ensure that your CV is read in full. In order to optimise the first page of your CV, start by researching your target roles and making a list of the most important candidate requirements. Then, ensure that you add as many of the genuine candidate requirements or suitable key words as possible to the front page in order to instantly show employers that you are a good fit for their role.

Value

When an employer hires a new member of staff, they are making an investment in that person. They will seek to get a return on their investment. So, when writing your CV and taking part in an interview, you should always try to provide examples of the value you have contributed to previous employers. Illustrate the value that you will now bring to a new employer with detailed examples.

Interesting stories

A key skill is turning the mundane into interesting stories that interviewers will remember long after you leave the room. When preparing for interview, write down a completely unedited list of everything important you have done and learned - be subjective and look at this list from the angle of a potential employer - what you might consider dull could be of significant relevance to an interviewer. You may not initially see the value within your work experience at first. Come back to this list regularly and continually add to it.

Mock interviews

When practicing interviews, use the opportunity to share your stories and achievements with your mock interviewer. Study their reaction. Can they identify aspects of your experience that should be highlighted or lessened at interview. Alternatively, video yourself and study your facial expressions and body language. Find the right expressions to support your achievements.

Genuine enthusiasm

It impresses an interviewer when they sense how much a candidate wants to work for them. Express your knowledge of the role and company. Don’t be afraid to communicate energy. It leaves a lasting impression.

True personality

Be yourself as much as possible. It is easy to become robotic and rehearsed in an interview due to anxiety or pressure. Remain calm and focused. People remember personality. Being remembered is not a chance event, it is something you organise from day one of your job search. You can improve with the right planning and practice.

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