The job market is always shifting. Just as it continues to change and evolve, so should your thinking and approach to navigating the job search journey. It can often feel overwhelming, and individuals seeking employment may struggle with exactly how to make a lasting impression on potential employers. So, today, we want to discuss some helpful tips that can help you stay ahead in a competitive job market.

Utilize personal branding

When looking for a job, it is important to create a personal brand that aligns with your career goals and values. When creating a personal brand, it is important to be cohesive, consistent and build an online persona that will be memorable and leave a positive impression on potential employers. Always be professional, add value to the information you share, and interact with others with respect and dignity. Remember, what you put online lasts forever, so be mindful of what you choose to share and engage with.

Highlight remote work skills

Remote work continues to gain popularity in many industries and has been incorporated into numerous businesses and organizations. With this, opportunities that may have otherwise not been available are now an option. Therefore, employers are placing value on candidates who possess remote work skills, displaying versatility and adaptability. From being proficient in virtual collaboration to time management, there are a variety of remote work skills that may give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) play a significant role in the success of your job search. While more common in large corporations, it is important that your resume be rich in key words and crafted in a way that appeals to humans, and for the ATS. “Three-fourths of all resumes never even get seen by human eyes, according to a study from job search services firm Preptel.” – CNBC

There are many factors to consider when dealing with ATS such as: relevant keywords, formatting, and properly structuring content. Often, working with a professional resume writer can help navigate what this looks likes, and the critical steps involved to be successful in passing the ATS.

Skills-based resumes

Skills-based resumes, which we have 35 years of experience in writing, focus on highlighting an individual’s core skills and competencies in comparison to a chronological resume, which mainly focuses on listing a person’s work history. Skills-based resumes are structured in a way that showcases relevant abilities and expertise.

Skills-based resumes are ideal as they allow candidates the opportunity to highlight their diverse range of skills gained throughout various experiences, while also showcasing their value to a company and position.

Your job search journey begins with a well-crafted resume, with many steps along the way. At Resumes with Results, we understand the challenges individuals may face throughout the process, and our team is here to support you. If you would like to discuss how we can help, please contact our team today. We look forward to working with you!