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The job market out there is fiercely competitive and a tough one to crack. Employees expect first class CV’s, stand-out cover letters, a perfectly polished interview and a high standard of personable qualities and technical skill. With salaries not showing any sign of rising anytime soon, when a position comes up with a great salary, there will be a lot of competition. So how do you stand out in a sea of prospective interviewees? Here are some sure-fire ways to up your game and polish up your job prospects.

The All Important CV

You may think this is an obvious one, but so many people don’t spend enough time on their CV. And this really is your selling sheet. Employers often say that they see spelling and grammatical errors, gaps in employment and poor articulation. None of these faults are going to get you a foot in the door. In fact, they’ll just get your Cv thrown straight in the bin. The best action you can take is to hire a professional resume writing service to ensure you are sending out the perfect CV. A tailor-made CV will highlight your experience and industry knowledge. And this is far more likely to make an impression and put you on the list of potential interviewees.

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A Kick-Ass Cover Letter

We use the word kick-ass to highlight how important it is to write a cover letter that makes an impact. But certainly, don’t put these two words in your cover letter! Some people make the mistake of writing overly long letters; others make them too short. Keep it to one page and don’t simply rehash the information that is on your CV. You need to convey your passions and talents and make them relatable to the company you are applying to. Here’s a guide on how to write a great cover letter. Try to include something unique and individual about yourself that is likely to entice the reader into wanting to get you to interview stage. Your future employer wants to know that you can do the job really well. And they want to see that you have an amiable personality and that you will fit in with the rest of the team.

Networking And Referrals

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Don’t underestimate the power of networking and referrals. Sometimes the cliché is true – “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Attend as many industry and charitable events that you can, and seek out people that are worth talking to. Also, update your LinkendIn profile to let people know you are looking for work. Talk to your friends and see if they have other friends who may know of anyone looking for a candidate in the industry and positions you are interested in. Think about who you already know working in companies that interest you. And then ask them for a referral if a job is going.  It is a well-known fact that getting a referral through a current employee has a much higher likelihood of reaching interview status. This is why networking is so important to keep up with when you are polishing up your job hunting skills.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.