With the number of job seekers outnumbering the roles advertised, searching for a job can be a drawn out and difficult undertaking. If you want to stand out, preparation is key. Here are nine tips on how to prepare for your job hunt.

1. make your resume shine: first impressions last, and your resume is commonly your first interaction with a potential employer. Ensure your resume is current and concisely outlines your skills and major career achievements. Triple check for spelling or grammatical errors and be innovative in your presentation, but not gimmicky. Many people are now creating infographic and video resumes in an attempt to capture an employer's attention. 

2. write targeted cover letters: never send the same cover letter to everyone. Think about each individual role and how the responsibilities and qualifications required marry your own skills and expertise. Prove how your skills will help the organisation achieve their specific goals. Here are some helpful tips on writing cover letters.

3. team up with a specialist recruitment consultant: specialist consultants know the industry back-to-front and have knowledge of the more than 70% of job vacancies that are never advertised. Here are five reasons why you should partner with a specialist recruitment consultant today.

4. be socially savvy: new research from Randstad's latest World of Work Report shows nearly a quarter of Australian employers use social media to screen job applicants. Ensure your personal brand is reflected in a positive and professional manner on social media and your online profile is up to date. Read our article on how to leverage social media to land your dream job.

5. network: use professional networking sites such as LinkedIn to connect with like-minded individuals. Make the most of industry events to make a name for yourself and create valuable connections. 

6. research prospective companies: often, businesses advertise openings on their own website, but not through other recruitment channels. Never miss a job opportunity, follow companies you aspire to work for online and sign up for their newsletters and job alerts. 

7. upskill: self-assess your current skills and consider what others you’ll need to land your ideal role. Attending a training course could be one of the best ways to invest your time and money.

8. get advice: find a mentor to coach and guide your career path.

9. get testimonials: ask your old manager, ex-colleague, past client or supplier to write you a recommendation or referral. Include this on your resume, as well as sharing it on LinkedIn.

10. if at first you don’t succeed: be persistent. It could take a week, a month or even years to find that perfect role. To get into a role sooner, make the most of all the resources available to you. 

A Randstad recruitment specialist can assist you in your job hunt and connect you with a role that is right for you.