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Stand out from the crowd to work with top employers

Updated: 01 Mar 2014

To stand out from the crowd when applying for a job with a top employer, candidates need to think outside the square at the skills they can bring to increase their value, says recruiting expert Hays.

There are a number of benefits to be gained by working for a top employer. According to Hays, candidates are often exposed to opportunities that may otherwise not be available to them. This includes industry-leading training and development programs, overseas secondments and internal promotion paths. So how do you win that coveted role with a top employer?

“If you are seeking a job with a top employer you must still do all you can to stand apart,” says Emma Charnock, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong & China.

“Most importantly – it’s vital that you are knowledgeable in your field. For example, External Auditors need to be qualified and possess proven experience helping businesses move forward; Estimators need strong trade links and good relationships with subcontractors; and Occupational Health and Safety professionals need to be aware of changes in legislation. A lot of candidates have matching technical skills and experience, so when applying for your next job, you need to think outside the square regarding the skills you bring which increase your value to a top employer.

“Candidates should highlight one or two key unique selling points to differentiate themselves. Are they actively contributing to the organisation’s profession by writing articles for the media or trade journals? Have they increased profitability for their current employer through increased sales or business development or are they one of the highest achievers in their university degree? Employers need to be made aware of this so mention these unique selling points in your CV and in an interview.

“However, candidates don’t necessarily need a university qualification to get a foot in the door with a top employer. While it depends on the individual role, many employers are willing to consider unqualified candidates who can bring different skills and abilities to a role, particularly at the entry level. They want new hires who will fit in with co-workers and into the workplace, and are essentially able to get the job done.

“If you do get an interview, don’t forget to prepare; research the company and make sure you are up to date with industry trends and changes.

“Also, candidates need to realistically compare their experience to their expected salary. Great opportunities are available with top employers, so avoid pricing yourself out of contention with over-inflated salary expectations. Instead, focus on finding a role with a top employer to add to your suite of skills.

“For graduates, work experience will add considerable value to resumes. Most employers prefer to hire new graduates who have some work experience whether it may be voluntary or through an internship. Graduates who take this path will already have an edge over their peers by having the opportunity to develop their skills in a real workplace environment. It also demonstrates a good work ethic to potential employers.”

Some tips on how to land a job with a top employer:

  • Find out what opportunities are currently available or upcoming by speaking with your recruiter to help you stand the best chance of getting the job you want when it arises.
  • Look good on paper. Make sure your resume is relevant for the position you are applying for and provide appropriate examples that match the specific job requirements. Highlight the value that you will bring to the organisation. They have a reputation as a top employer for a reason.
  • Don’t give up. If you don’t succeed in winning a role with a top employer when you first apply don’t be discouraged to reapply later down the track. Stay in touch with the organisation. Continue to build on your knowledge, practice your presentation skills and bring it all to the next interview.
  • Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

For further information please contact Kathy Lou, Marketing Manager – China, on +86 (0) 21 2322 9600 or

About Hays
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2011, Hays employed 7,620 staff operating from 255 offices in 31 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011, Hays reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit of £114 million and placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments. 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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