Job seekers need strategies for standing out and need to start thinking about this well before they need a job—maybe be thinking about it all of the time.
My advice is the same as it has been in the past:
- Hone your craft. Be the most qualified person for the job you want.
- Research the company you plan to apply for, and tailor your application.
- Put together a portfolio. This will become the norm—right now, it’s a way to stand out.
- Build up your professional network. You’re more likely to get a job through an introduction rather than adding your resumé to their pile.
Start now. Doing these things while you are looking for a job is too late.