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Top 3 tips to stand out in your job search

Stand out in your job search
Illustration by Minu Thickitt

You have been applying for lot of jobs and not received any lead or even interviews. Most people get stressed during this time especially those who are unemployed. It is time to look closer, dig deeper and think harder about why you are not shortlisted for an interview.

In this highly competitive job market, it has become necessity to stand out. As the job search gets monotonous, your creativity gets drained along with it. It is important to focus highly on finding ways to impress your potential employers. Here are the top three tips that will kick start your way to standing out:

1. Personal Branding - Personal branding, by definition, is the process by which we market ourselves to others. Your personal brand is all about who you are and what you want to be known for. Make sure your resume shows your personality and represents who you really are.

Now, how will you personalize your resume and balance that equation of professionalism and creativity? All you need is creativity and some inspiration. So grab your coffee and read this article to get some inspiration to personalize your resume.

2. Upgrade your skills - Look for ways to keep your valuable skills in check while you seek employment. Many job seekers take on freelance opportunities, volunteer their skills to charities or work with causes they're passionate about.

Your job search might even be the perfect time to focus on building new skills. Start by making a list of skills you possess, skills you want to learn and how you are going to achieve it. Consider taking some online courses, participating in webinars, or attending conferences.

3. Get Trendy – Build your niche by researching latest trends, learn about emerging technologies, attend industry networking events and get active on industry social forums.

Nowadays employers are seeking smart workers rather than hard workers. Smart working saves time and money. By researching and learning about the latest trends in your field, you can show employers what benefits you will bring to them through your smart working techniques.

Since personal branding is something new to all of us, in my next articles I will help you out on how to build your personal brand and will guide you to build a portfolio like an artist.