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5 Ways to Separate Yourself from Other Candidates

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Hiring managers are often inundated with CVs and applications and have to conduct many interviews when the time comes to hire.

It's easy to be overlooked when surrounded by so many talented people. However, there are some ways you can stand out from other candidates and secure your place in the job market. Here are five ways to help you: 

1) Do Your Research

When submitting your CV or when you have been shortlisted for a job, going in blind is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Hiring managers are always impressed with candidates who know details about the company and the position.

When it comes to your CV, remember to tailor your skills to the job requirements and emphasise previous achievements that are useful to the employer.

Similarly, in terms of the interview, make sure you read up on the company. Bringing up details during the interview shows the employer you read more than just the " About Us' page on their website.

2) Consider Submitting A "Pain Letter"

A Pain Letter, as explained by former Forbes contributor Liz Ryan, is used instead of a cover letter. In this, you briefly introduce yourself and identify a problem being faced by the company. Explain how if presented with the opportunity to be hired, you can help the company solve that problem.

This effectively communicates your knowledge and your problem-solving ability. Two things that every employer is looking for in an employee.

3) Create An Interview Strategy

Here, you need to emulate the role of the interviewer and ask yourself what kind of skills you would look for if you were the hiring manager. Draft a rough outline of questions and answers whilst keeping the desired skills in mind.

You don't need to memorise your answers, but a general idea of what assets you have and what you would bring to the company will be beneficial.

4) Be Trainable

Depending on the role, a good way to set yourself apart from other candidates is by appearing trainable. The goal is to communicate an intellectual curiosity and subtly let the employer know that you are qualified for the job.

This will give the employer the impression that you're willing to learn how to be a successful employee.

5) Be Comfortable In Your Skin

If you stay calm, and confident in your abilities, you will exude an aura that will put the hiring manager at ease and make them feel like they can trust you to do a good job. Even though this is easier said than done, you must be perceived as honest and comfortable in your skin.

Job searching can be an exhausting process. But if you can manage to set yourself apart from other candidates, you have a good chance of success. Stay calm and trust your abilities. 

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