How to stand out to employers

It’s competitive in the job market. Getting the role you want can be tough. How are you going to stand out? Or, to put it another way, what story can you tell about yourself?

Employers don’t just want to see what you’ve done. They want to know how you’ve made use of what you’ve done to grow as a person. This gives them a major clue to how employable you are.

Here’s how to give them (and us) something to think about. 

What if you:

Try something new              

Maybe it’s a good idea to get out of your comfort zone. Try new activities that spark your interest, give you different sets of problems to solve, and enable you to meet new people.

Join a society

If you join societies, you can also develop skills you never thought had and build a useful network.

Get work experience

Any job will teach you time management and communication skills, which are vital in any job. You may even learn to see the world through the eyes of people very different from you.


Working for a good cause still counts as work, and it will increase your awareness of the wider world.


Start a blog (or contribute to publications) where you can express your point of view and maybe even influence others.


Keep up with business and current affairs in the papers and online.


Build your contacts by networking with people in employer companies. They can be a great source of advice and encouragement.

Finally, general computer skills are expected these days, so if you can show you’ve got good people skills as well, you’ve put yourself in front of the pack. 

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