How To Stand-out From Other Applicants

How to stand out from other applicants

When job searching and applying to many jobs without getting a response back, it can be easy to become demotivated and almost give up. However, you can easily change this by understanding what employers are looking for in CVs and interviews and how to make yourself meet their requirements as well as standing out from everyone else.  

It is important for you to understand and acknowledge what skills and abilities you have and how to incorporate them well into your application so that it has a better chance of being successful.  Here are three ways you can improve your job application process.

Brand yourself

When applying for a job, put yourself in the employer’s position and think about what they would be looking for in a potential candidate and then market yourself to fit that specific job role 

One of the most important things to consider when applying to a job is making sure you have a well written CV and cover letter if the application requires one, as this is the first point of communication between you and the recruiter. Their first impressions of you will be based on these documents and so you need to ensure that you make a good impression. To make your CV stand out from the others you need to include your USP. A USP is a ‘unique selling point,’ and in order to single out your application and make it more distinctive, you will need to determine what you can offer that many other people may not be able to 

Most employers will search for you in Google and have a look at your online presence. You can utilise social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, to help construct your personal brand so that the employer gets to know more about you as an individual.  


When it comes to interviews, there are many tips that you can use that will make you stand out and give you a better chance of being successful in the application. One of the main things that you can do is research and collect as much information about the company as possible. When answering questions during the interview, incorporate this knowledge to show the interviewer that you are interested in the company and have already dedicated time into finding out about them.  

Make sure you attend the interview with professionalism and confidence. Maintaining a professional and confident persona throughout the interview will leave a lasting impression on the employer and hopefully cause you to stand out amongst other candidates.  

At the end of the interview, always ask relevant questions and challenge the employerNormally, employers will try to test the interviewee on their knowledge. However, if you have researched about the company, ask a question where the employer may have to think on their feet as this will surprise them and leave a good impression 

Demonstrate your skills

It is important that you showcase any skills you may have and explain how you would use them in the job role that you are applying for. If you have certain skills that may not necessarily fit in with the job, think of ways that you could add something to the company by incorporating those skills. Not only will this show the interviewer that you are able to come up with new ideas, it also shows how determined you are to help improve and better the company.  

It is also vital that you demonstrate how you are able to learn new skills. You can do this by showing how you have developed your skillset in previous job Roles. For example, you may have completed a training course to improve your ability to execute a job role well. Employers are more likely to hire someone who is ambitious, open-minded and can adapt to changes easily as this means they can grow alongside the company.   

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