How to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in 2020

Are you applying for jobs? From having an online presence to customising your CV, there are a variety of strategies you can use to stand out from your competition. With hundreds of job seekers out there, it’s essential that you take the time to ensure that your application gets noticed. Register your CV for free on Job Mail and start applying for jobs today.

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1. Update your CV

Make sure your CV is up to date before you start applying for jobs. Include any new skills, accomplishments and work experience to this important document. Don’t forget to add your soft skills, such as communication and adaptability. Including any new training you’ve completed shows your dedication to continuous learning, which is an attractive characteristic to most employers.

2. Use your network

Networking can increase your chance of getting hired. If you know someone who is employed by the company you want to work for, ask them to recommend you. A recommendation from a staff member verifies your skills and helps you to get noticed by the potential employer.

3. Create an online presence

Spend time updating your social profiles so they can reflect your skills and accomplishments. It’s also beneficial to create an online portfolio with samples of your work, especially if you are a writer or graphic designer. While you’re applying for jobs, take the time to clean up your personal social media accounts so that there isn’t any content that will deter prospective employers. This could include swearing, graphic images, and anything that might come across a discriminatory.

4. Customise your application

Generic applications are unlikely to get noticed. Take the time to read each job advert carefully and customise your CV and cover letter accordingly. Highlight the skills and accomplishments that are most relevant to the requirements of the specific role you’re applying for.

5. Do your research

Research the company to learn more about their values, mission, and company culture. You can find plenty of information on their website and by conducting a Google search. Use this information to customise your CV and cover letter and as responses to questions during the interview.

6. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, ask the prospective employer a few questions about the job. Your thoughtfulness and curiosity show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the position. You can prepare numerous questions while you’re researching the company to show that you’ve carefully considered your application.

Also read: 10 questions to ask at the end of your job interview

7. Stay up to date with industry trends

When you’re applying for jobs, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest developments in your industry. Read relevant publications and news so that you’re knowledgeable about the latest trends. It’s also helpful to look out for training opportunities that can advance your skills.

8. Express your gratitude

A brief email to thank the employer is an excellent opportunity to follow up after your interview. Showing your gratitude is a small gesture that can make a big difference in the success of your application. Even if you don’t get the position you applied for, it’s more likely that the company will remember you for positions in the future.

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Now that you know how to stand out when you’re applying for jobs, you can increase your chances of getting hired. Upload your CV to Job Mail and connect to companies across South Africa.

How to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in 2020
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6 Responses

  1. Mantwa says:

    Hi there my name Is Elizabeth mantwa mthembu.I’m a single mother who’s very desperate for a job

  2. Tiny Mahapa says:

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  3. Johannes says:

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    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Johannes,

      Please note that we do everything possible to ensure that the advertisers and vacancies on our website are legit. If you think a job opportunity might not be aboveboard, please send an email to and somebody will look into this for you.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

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