Emma's #1 tip for standing out from the crowd? Have an opinion, express that opinion and in turn to be seen as a thought leader. Whether it's as a subject matter expert in your field, or as an expert on how to use a particular piece of software within your business, or being known for having the best network.
Nikki Beaumont is the CEO and Founder of Beaumont Consulting (Sydney Australia) which she established in 2001. I met Nikki earlier this month when I spoke to some of her clients in the association sector.
Nikki says: To stand out you have to get yourself in front of the interviewer in the first place!
- Write a really well written cover letter, that's personalised and relates directly to the role advertised. Make direct links back to the business and other elements that may not have been touched on in the advert but can be found by doing a little bit of research.
- A bit of flattery also goes down well too, it's true. For example one candidate recently wrote in an email cover letter to me "Having read through your website and some of the amazing testimonials in there from clients and candidates, I am now even more impressed with your business and would love the opportunity to meet you in person". How can you resist that? Of course it all has to be backed up with the relevant skills and attributes for the role, but it certainly shows that the candidate really is keen, and has done some research.
- I would then expect some follow up within 2 to 3 days if we hadn't contacted her first. The candidate then has the chance to convince me over the phone as to why they should get an interview with me. There have been a few instances where I have discounted a candidate based on their resume alone, but then after a conversation with them I have brought them in for interview and indeed hired them!
Petra Zink is a recruiter with Hudson Recruitment in Brisbane Australia, and also the International Director of Women in Digital – an international NFP network, aiming to connect women in industry, empower them and upskill them and also provide mentoring.
Petra says: Women don’t put themselves forward enough. Learn to be more assertive, confident and trust your skills and ability to learn on the job. You need to get used to promoting yourself. Also learn to value the work that you do and the results you deliver. In my experience when it comes to recruitment, men frequently ask for $20k more at negotiation time! You can do this too. Also, be sure to keep networking and staying in touch with things outside of your industry.
Vivian Simonelli has worked in recruitment for many years. She is the Managing Partner/Principal Consultant at Ellis King in Melbourne Australia, and also a committee member at Women in Mining and Resources Victoria (WIRV).
Vivian's #1 tip to get noticed? Prepare well. Research the company you are applying to, understand the role and prepare examples of your experience and knowledge against the KPI's outlined in the position description. Know your strengths and speak confidently. Present well and wear business attire to the interview. In short, be professional.
Margie Stewart is a former Management Consultant and Executive Recruiter - also based in Melbourne.
Margie's #1 top tip? Be supremely confident in your ability and don't under sell yourself. Easier said than done as we are often conditioned to be humble and expect people will know how great we are!
So there you have it. Waiting around for someone to tap you on the shoulder is in fact a bit of a myth. You need to be doing a whole heap of work in the background in order to make that luck happen.