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How to Be Competitive When Applying for Jobs

18184241_mIf you are currently unemployed or looking to change jobs, you may be finding it tough to secure an interview. The job market in the UK is currently very competitive and hundreds of candidates are applying to most job vacancies advertised. But there are a number of ways you can beat the competition.

Check Jobs Regularly

To be competitive on the job market you need to know about jobs as soon as they are advertised. Not checking in regularly may mean that your competition beats you to a job vacancy by applying for it first and, ultimately, is offered the job because you didn’t apply quickly enough! Ensure you check regularly, keep up to date with the latest vacancies and apply as soon as possible!

Use Social Media

Social media is a great way to find out about new jobs and to interact with potential employers. Many companies use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to talk to customers, publicise company news and to advertise job vacancies. Quite often an employer will post their vacancy on their website and social sites before they post it anywhere else so if there is a particular company you want to work for it’s worth following their social streams. Create an online portfolio for yourself and write about industry news to publicise your profile!

Ask for CV Advice

Asking for CV advice from industry contacts and friends is a great way to stand out from your competition. Regularly looking at your CV and updating it with fresh content will help you to remain competitive in the job market.

Gain Industry Contacts

One of the best ways to stand out from your competition is to make industry contacts. This will not only heighten your profile in the industry but it will allow you to find out about jobs immediately. The saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ is very true when it comes to finding employment. If you have a professional contact who hears about a job vacancy, they are more likely to recommend you than someone who sends in their CV and is unknown. You can gain industry contacts by going to networking events, working an internship or volunteering.