The Most Sought-After Job Applicants
When you’ve been searching for a job for a while with no luck, it can feel like other job applicants must have all the luck, while you keep striking out. Of course, that’s probably not true, but there are a few proven techniques that help candidates get hiring managers and recruiters’ attention.
So, who are the most sought-after job applicants and what can you do to be more like them? Read on for a few tips.
Consider the size of the company.
In their 2014 PayScale Compensation Best Practices Report, PayScale looked at which positions are hardest to fill for companies of various sizes. According to their survey of 5,000 executives and HR professionals, companies of all sizes have a hard time filling positions in sales, IT and engineering. Larger companies have the most difficult time finding candidates for these roles, meaning they’ll be even more eager to snap you up.
Work on your technical skills.
Emphasize these hard-to-find qualities.
If you’re applying for the increasingly available telecommuting market, and even office jobs, it could be worthwhile to highlight these qualities on your resume. Include details about how you can effectively push a project through from start to finish without prodding from a manager. Most employers would love a steady stream of applicants with these sought-after qualities, whether the position requires them to telecommute or not.
Think like you’re already employed.
If you’re out of work, your resume is the best way to show that you can “kill it” for your next employer. Make sure that you don’t just list your responsibilities, but that you showcase your value and the big wins you achieved at your last job.