How to Stand Out in a Competitive Market

25-Jan-21




Today’s job market is a lot more competitive than usual with a lot more candidates available in the industry due the pandemic. As a Recruitment Consultant, I speak to lots of candidates and clients and have gathered a fair amount of knwoledge on the things you can do to make finding your next position, as easy as possible. And what use would all this knowledge be if I didn't share it? Keep reading to find out a few tips that might help you!

Job Descriptions
Be sure to read the job description you are applying to and tailor your CV and cover letter to suit that specific opening. For example... If the architecture studio is looking for large scale commercial experience, make sure to have your most recent commercial experience top of your portfolio for them to see. Keep your value in the market and try to avoid applying to every job you see online as this may jeopardise your chances of applying to that specific agency in the future. 

Software Skills
Software skills are hugely important, be sure to have these listed tops your CV for employers to easily spot. Whilst being out of work, you could be expanding your skills doing a short-term course, or personal projects to brush up on your software knowledge whilst being out of work. 

Flexibility
Whilst it is important to find that ‘ideal’ job of yours. I would recommend being a little more flexible in today’s job market as you will be less limited to roles you can apply for.   

Freelancing/Contracting
We have seen an increase in the contract market as this allows a lot more flexibility for the employer during an uncertain time whilst being in lockdown. If you have not thought about the freelancing before, now is a good time to research and find out the benefits of considering both contract and permanent vacancies. Contract roles can always lead to your ‘perfect’ permanent position later down the line. 

Perfect your CV
Your CV is the first impression they will get of you, so put as much time as you can into perfecting your CV and portfolio keeping it as concise as possible. You must send attachments that are easily opened and try keeping the file size down. Employers and agencies such as ourselves are receiving 100’s of applications daily, so an easily opened PDF is just what we need, try to avoid using links. 

LinkedIn
A hugely successful platform where you can start to grow your own personal network. You may find advertised roles on this platform that are not listed on the usual job boards. Keep up to date with events/projects in the industry and follow the firms you have always admired. Make sure you have your LinkedIn page mirrored with your CV, as employers will check Linkedin pages throughout the selection process. 



This blog was written by Becky Agar, Senior Consultant - mustard BE. Becky works in our London office as part of our Built Environments team at mustard, this covers Architecture, Construction, BIM and Developer. Whether you are a client or a candidate and would like to speak with Becky, please reach out either on 0203 587 7732 or at becky@mustardjobs.co.uk. 

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