SINGAPORE (Jan 17): Jobseekers this year will need to demonstrate the unique value they can potentially bring to a business, on top of their willingness to adapt to change in the face of multifaceted disruptions, according to recruitment experts Hays. So, here are seven ways to land that coveted role:

1. Build your personal brand
A great way to begin moulding your personal brand is through defining your unique selling propositions (USPs). Your USPs are a list of unique ways your skills and experience bring value to a business which other candidates may not possess. By communicating your USPs to hiring managers and recruiters, chances are you will be more memorable and held in higher regard than your competition.

2. Manage your online reputation
Do a quick search for your full name on Google and various social media platforms to suss out the type of results that may appear. Letting your personality shine on social media will allow hiring professionals to understand what you are like as a person and gauge your suitability with a role at hand. Consider having a portfolio website or a blog that showcases your expertise, or even contribute commentaries that are relevant to your niche on renowned industry blogs.

3. Highlight your acquired skills
Sharpening your skills through a myriad of work experience, attending workshops and online courses, and regularly reading up on the latest industry developments will help you to stay relevant in your field of work.

4. Stay focused
Instead of grabbing every opportunity that come your way, stay true to your niche. Employers are usually on the lookout for talents with the specialised skills that could add value to the company. Being in a field of work for a longer period also lends credence to you as an expert.

5. Be adaptable to change
Findings from Hay’s upcoming 2019 Asia Salary Guide found that of the 655 of employers who are restructuring their department or organisation to keep up with business needs, half of them have cited “change in required skills set” as the main driver of such a decision. As such, candidates are urged to stay flexible and adaptable when given the opportunity to upskill.

6. Communication skills
Good communication skills at work go beyond perfect enunciation and eloquent speech. It is also about being clear and confident when speaking with colleagues.
During job interviews, be sure to showcase your ability to not only communicate verbally but also display positive body language that draws people toward you.

7. Know your interviewer
Always make it a point to know who you will be meeting prior to an interview. Doing so will boost your confidence as you go into the interview equipped with knowledge about your interviewer’s profile and topics of interest, thus enabling you to say the right things to build a rapport with them .