5 Ways to Stand Out in an Ultra-Competitive Job Market

Have you recently lost your job due to COVID-19? Worried about getting a new one with lots of people in the same position you now find yourself in? Here are five ways you can separate yourself from the crowd in the upcoming ultra-competitive job market.

COVID-19 has unleashed an economic storm across the globe. In Alberta, which has been hit by the one-two punch of COVID-19 and rock bottom oil prices, premier Jason Kenney recently warned the unemployment rate could reach 25 per cent in the province. Over 500,000 Albertans out of work. With that in mind, here are five ways you can separate yourself from the crowd in our soon-to-be ultra-competitive job market. 

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1. Begin Volunteering

Volunteer work, especially during a pandemic, is looked upon highly favourably by potential employers. In addition to providing vital help to your community or organizations you care deeply about, volunteering can help you gain additional skills or experience and round out your curriculum vitae. 


2. Enhance Your Online Presence

Employers nowadays immediately search you out online after reviewing your resume. Make sure what they see is complimentary, and aligns with the person you've put on the page. One of the best ways to do this is through LinkedIn. Make sure you a) have a profile and b) update it frequently. List your accomplishments, achievements, and relevant experience as it pertains to your industry within your summary, so if a prospective employer searches you out they see right away that you're a candidate worth pursuing. 

3. Use a Calgary Staffing Agency

Calgary staffing agencies can be a great way for you to get your foot in the door. Using their industry connections and expertise, recruitment agencies in Calgary can connect you with employers you might not have considered or ones that aren't on your radar. They can even provide you with short-term or temporary placements that will help fill out your resume so there aren't any gaps, or better yet, turn that temporary placement into a permanent one. 



4. Tailor Your Resume to Each Vacancy

It can be annoying changing your resume for every job application, but it's vitally important to do so in an ultra-competitive job market. Your resume is the first impression you get to make, and dictates how everything after will proceed. By taking the time to tailor it to the specific job you're applying for, you can increase your chances of securing that coveted interview. 

5. Search Out the Hidden Job Market

The hidden job market is real and it can be your saving grace during a job-seeker's market. Reach out to your industry connections, former colleagues, friends, and family. See if any of them have any leads you can pursue. It can seem embarrassing at first to ask these people for help, but most people have been in the same position and won't think anything of it. You can also reach out to companies you'd like to work for and see if they have anything on the horizon. You'll get on their radar, and if you make an impression when reaching out, they'll remember you. 

While it's going to be extremely difficult in the coming months to secure a job, try your best to not get discouraged. There are soon to be hundreds of thousands of people in the same position, and remaining positive during these challenging times will also help separate you from the crowd. 


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