Tips For Being A Better Job Candidate

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Published: 15 Oct 2016      

One of the main questions that job searchers aim to answer is how can they stand out as a suitable candidate for the roles they apply for? It’s a tough one to answer, especially as every other candidate for the position will be trying to do the same thing. However, there are a few things you can do that will improve your chances, including the following.

Hone The CV

If your CV is pages and pages long you may find that employers struggle to find the information that is relevant to them. In the worst cases they will miss it altogether and won’t ever discover what specific skills you bring to the table that would make you a suitable candidate. This means you need to work on honing your CV and making it as concise as possible. Don’t just send a standard CV to every potential employer. Instead, work on highlighting the skills and experience that is most relevant to the role you are applying for.


Volunteer work not only benefits the cause you are working for, but it can also be a highlight of your CV. Working as a volunteer demonstrates that you have commitment to a cause, plus you are willing to take the initiative and put the work in. These are all attractive traits to potential employers, so focus on the skills you have developed while volunteering and how you can apply them in the role you are trying to get.

Learn New Skills

Dedicating yourself to constant improvement will also score major points with potential employers, as it shows that you are able to identify areas where you are not as strong as you need to be and, more importantly, are willing to take the steps needed to remedy the issue. When applying for a medical job it should be a given that you have the technical skills required to do the job. However, there are many ways that you can improve secondary skills. Taking a communication class may help with your bedside manner, or working on your teamwork can help you when you are in the hospital setting. If your primary skills are on point you should focus on developing secondary skills that are also beneficial to the role.

First Impressions Count

The first impression you will make on a potential employer is your CV, which we covered earlier. The first physical impression you will make is during the interview. Treat the role with the respect it deserves and make sure you turn up dressed appropriately for the interview and ready with questions of your own that establish your interest in the role.

Good References

Think long and hard about the references you supply to your potential employer. Not only do you need to ensure they come from previous employers who were happy with your work, but they also need to be relevant to the role. This is particularly true for those who have worked in a number of prior positions, as poor selection of references may hold you back.

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