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How to stand out when applying for jobs

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Since the pandemic, it’s been tough to even get an interview – let alone a new job. When you’re competing with lots of other applicants who might have the same qualifications or experience as you, it’s really important that you stand out.

Here are six ways to do just that when applying for jobs…


  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

It’s really obvious when someone has rushed an application and even more obvious if they show up to an interview unprepared! Once you’ve found a job that you’re interested in, make sure that you set aside some time to research the company and find a spot where you won’t be disturbed to complete the application/write an email.


If you do manage to get an interview, spend some more time looking into the business (and who is interviewing you, if possible). Think of some questions that you want to ask them too, as they will probably ask you if you have any at the interview!


  1. Make sure that your CV looks the part

Your CV should always be kept up-to-date and shouldn’t really be more than one to two sides of A4 paper. Use a clear font in a decent size and split it into sections showing your work experience, contact info and education history/ qualifications. Make sure you explain any gaps in employment and why you’re looking for a new role.  You don’t need to use lots of graphics or colour, but in order to stand out, you might want to find a professional looking CV template online.


  1. Always include a cover letter

This shows that you’re willing to make time and effort for the employer and it’s an opportunity to include relevant information that might not fit on your CV. Tailor your cover letter to that specific role and try to address how you meet the job specification, whether it’s through your experience or qualifications.


  1. Have a professional online presence

Most employers will try to research prospective employees online nowadays so make sure that your online profiles are private. If they’re not, make sure that the publicly visible content that you’ve posted isn’t anything unprofessional.


LinkedIn is a great place to build a professional online presence as you can display your career history and achievements on your profile. You can also connect with others in your industry and demonstrate your knowledge by joining in with conversations… Some people have even been offered a new job via LinkedIn!


  1. Be organised

Keep a record of what jobs you’ve applied for, when the closing date is and whether you hear anything back or not. This could either be digitally on a spreadsheet or physically in a notebook – it’s completely up to you!


(Of course – if you use a recruiter like Auto Skills UK, we keep track of your applications for you…)


  1. Work with a recruiter

A recruiter usually screens CVs before putting candidates forward, so a letter, email or phone call of recommendation from a recruiter will give you one up on the other applicants.

Having had lots of experience with CVs and cover letters, a recruiter can also help you with all of the things mentioned above. They handle hundreds of applications every day, so they know exactly what will help yours to stand out to a potential employer.


Are you currently looking for work in the automotive industry? Let us help you find your next role – create a profile and upload your CV to get started…