How to Sell Yourself in a Congested Job Market


For many young people and graduates, the chances of securing a job interview, let alone a job, seem to be decreasing each year. This is partially due to economic volatility and the automation of many basic jobs through the development of software, robotics, and artificial intelligence. In this context, securing a steady job may seem difficult, but there are a number of things that every young person can do to sell themselves better and appeal to more employers during their job search.

Presenting Yourself to Potential Employers

Though the Internet has certainly made looking for a job easier, faster, and more convenient, it is still important that every job seeker presents themselves in the right way. The first step is to have a resume that sells oneself to a potential employer in the right way. In this context, here are some tips on resume preparation and self-marketing:

  • Succinct: Since the current job market is so congested and competitive, employers don’t want to have to sit down and read through pages and pages of resumes, whether they are online or in hardcopy format. The sobering truth is that they simply do not have the time to spend doing this, and it is unwise as a job seeker to place this pressure on them. Therefore, it is ideal to keep your resume to four pages or less.
  • Formatting: You may now have a succinct resume, but how clearly laid out is it? Make sure that you use plenty of space and bullet points. This will break up blocks of text and make it more visually interesting for a potential employer. It will also mean that they can scan it quickly to see if you are the right fit for the role. Also use clear headings and subheadings in order to draw attention to the important parts of your r
  • Layout: Although it is important to format your resume in the right way and make it succinct, it is also equally important to ensure that the right information is in the right place so that potential employers can analyse your suitability for the role as quickly as possible. Does your resume have a profile section up top where an employer can read a quick summary of who you are, what you can offer, and your skills?

Making it to the Interview

Malaysia’s popular job search attracts thousands of new applicants every month, but not everyone gets to the interview stage. If you have been fortunate enough to get to an interview, you will need to approach it in the right way to stand a chance of being hired. Here are some tips:

  • Dress: It is always important to dress well for the first meeting with your potential employer, but it is also equally important to remember to dress appropriately. Most people going for an office job will dress in pants and a shirt, with the option of a tie and suit. If you have applied for a job that does not have a specific dress code, or is done in an outdoor environment, you simply need to dress neatly.
  • Body language: Positive body language during an interview is always important, and informs the employer about who you are and what attitude you have, even on an unconscious level. In this context, ensure that you don’t keep your arms folded, make regular eye contact when talking and listening, shake hands and greet them on the way in and on the way out.

Securing a job may not be as easy as it once was many years ago, but there are still things you can do to maximise your chances.

Marcus Haney

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