There’s so much uncertainty in the world right now, particularly within the job market. But even with everything going on and so many companies’ financial futures up in the air, there are still steps that applicants can take to help them stand out from the rest of the candidate pool.
How to Stand Out When Applying for a Job (At Any Time, Not Just During a Pandemic)
The transition to full-time remote work is in full swing; workers at companies around the world are being laid off or furloughed left and right; and established corporations are permanently shuttering struggling branches. Right now doesn’t seem like it would be the best time to be on the job hunt, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to fight through it. Answering the question “How to get hired” may have a much more complicated answer these days, but there are plenty of steps you can take to stand out from other candidates and move much closer to landing your dream job.
Your search doesn’t have to come to a complete halt just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic. In this blog, we’ll provide insight on what can help you stand out for a job, how to network without having to meet face-to-face, and how you can put yourself in the best position possible to find a steady job during these uncertain times.
What Makes Me Stand Out for a Job When There Are Countless Other Applicants?
Applying for a position is stressful, especially when the role is one that’s particularly sought after. Finance and accounting jobs are notoriously competitive, but does that mean you should discount yourself entirely? If you’ve done any amount of research during your job search, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the importance of networking. And just because the people you want to collaborate with are stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t connect.
Companies around the world are learning how to conduct business virtually, which means you need to adapt to the way they operate. Make yourself available for Zoom interviews. Cold email employees at the company you want to work for and ask them questions about the culture, processes, and more. Join professional groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and find new ways to grow your network. Visibility is everything, especially now.
We’re all starved for meaningful connection right now and employers are always looking for candidates who make a legitimate impact—not just professionally, but socially as well. If you put in the time to grow your network, the results will speak for themselves.
Make Your Search More Flexible
Your coveted long-term role at your dream company may not be exactly attainable right now. Does that mean you should call off the search entirely? No. But you do need to adjust your expectations accordingly. Maybe a short-term contract will end up being the only opportunity that presents itself—that’s fine. With the market being what it is today, don’t let a lack of interest in your resume deter you from continuing the search. Just keep in mind that the end result may not be a job at a company where you work for the rest of your career.
Expand Your Skill Set
When you scan job boards, how often are you finding that your experience and qualifications match up with those sought in the ideal candidate? If you find that they don’t typically align, now is the best time possible to boost your resume. Finance and accounting roles require different levels of experience and certifications, and you need to do everything you can to make sure your resume fits with what they’re looking for. Every day you don’t fill out an application should be dedicated to learning new skills. It demonstrates initiative and a desire to grow—two things employers are always on the lookout for.
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What unique skills do you bring to the table? How can you help a dynamic work environment grow even more? At Controller’s Group, Inc., we want to help you find the answers to those questions. For more information on how our team can revitalize your job search (even during a pandemic), start your partnership today.