How To Sell Yourself In The Job Market

victoria worrell

27th June 2016

When you first step onto the career ladder you are faced with endless opportunities to develop and build upon your skills and experience. The further you progress however, the less these become available to you, which could you leave feeling unsure as to how to progress to a senior level position. The way you need to present yourself in the current job market has changed and you must do so too to in order to attract the role you deserve to have.


Have you reached your career goal within a company and now looking for a fresh challenge? Or are you on the hunt for a higher position somewhere new? It’s easy to think that you’ll be able to find a new role when you’re at the top of the ladder but when you’re looking for your next move it’s not as simple as an entry level employee to find the role you want. What are the barriers that could be holding you back from progressing your career and having a new start at the senior level?

Your CV

Being in a company for many years and progressing your career within it is a great achievement and one to be proud of, however this may come as a disadvantage when updating your CV. The layout, structure and content of a resume has evolved and what was once thought to be an effective way to market yourself on paper is now outdated.

Don’t ignore the power that a CV has for your job potential. It’s your one chance to get noticed and you don’t want to be overlooked because you haven’t marketed yourself in the best way you could. On average an employer takes 8.8 seconds to look through a resume, they need to see the skills and experience that applies to the job that they are advertising for.

Be specific, don’t write down everything that you have done if it’s not relevant to the role and highlight the work you’ve done that matches what the job spec requirements are asking for. Keep your layout simple and easy to read, keeping everything concise is key and won’t make your CV look daunting or boring to read. It’s all about grabbing the employers, for the right reasons.

Technological developments

Technology is constantly evolving which means that new skills and roles are being created in order to fulfil these emerging developments.

Think about the role that you want and research whether or not this will involve you needing to have working knowledge of new systems and updates. Take the time to learn and teach yourself about new developments, not just for the role that you are looking for but for your own personal progression. Proactive learning will also reflect your thirst for a new challenge, you want to keep developing your skills so not to become complacent in a role.  State within each of your job roles where you have used certain technologies; writing a list of them will not appear believable and providing context to your skillset will firm up your experience.

Don’t forget the basics

As you progress in your career your tasks will inevitably evolve from being admin based to strategic led. When applying for senior roles don’t forget the basic duties that you used to do. You need to strike a balance between your hands on and strategic experience to reflect your all-encompassing skills. Leading projects and facilitating your team is crucial for an executive position, but without the knowledge and experience of day to day tasks that achieve the project you will not look as appealing. The foundations of any role always need to be shown as these are paramount for you to understand how to succeed in a higher position.

Competing against other candidates

A quick job search on a recruitment board could lead you to the presumption that there are a lot more junior roles in the market compared to senior. The lack of senior positions being advertised could be due to companies wanting to keep their talent in-house through internal promotion, but also because that they do not want to actively show that they are looking for someone new.

To overcome internal recruitment and companies searching for candidates under the radar you need to network. Using social platforms such as Linkedin to see whether companies are looking to hire and seeing whether any of your contacts that you’ve built relationships with will be able to help get you an introduction. At this point in your career you will realise the benefits of networking and business relationships that you’ve developed over the years.

Finding the right recruiter to help you

In order to compete with internal candidates, you need to stand out and make yourself known through your CV, skills, experience, knowledge-set and character. This is when working with a recruiter will help you to overcome these obstacles.

Recruiters will use their strong relationships with companies to see whether there are any job opportunities that could be filled externally. They are able to create opportunities for you that you might not necessarily be able to do if you job searched alone. They will work with you to find out exactly what you are looking for so that your next role will be the step in your career you were craving. Finding the right recruiter will help you to obtain the job you really do want, after all you’ve worked so hard to get to where you want to be, why settle for anything less than what you deserve now?

Here at Just IT we have a variety of senior roles available. If you don’t want to hold back from progressing your career, you can give one of our recruitment consultants a call today on 020 7426 9835 or see our latest vacancies here. We can advise you on your career and which role would be suitable for you.