Navigating the Noise: 5 Tips to Stand Out in Your Job Search

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Peple, a human-centric, equitable hiring platform dedicated to making your job search more effective and personal.

It’s often said that “change is the only constant,” and nowhere is this truer than in the job market. Over the past decade, major shifts have reshaped how we seek employment—spurred by COVID-19, rapid technological advances, evolving consumer behaviours, and globalization. 

Thanks to technology, the way we apply for jobs today vastly differs from how our parents or grandparents did – gone are the days of physically handing in resumes and cover letters. In this tech-driven, noisy, and competitive job market, standing out in your job search can feel both overwhelming and lonely. 

However, leveraging the right tools and strategies can make your search easier and more personal. 

One of the standout features of modern job search technology is algorithmic matching, which simplifies your application process and removes much of the guesswork. 

Peple, a human-centric, equitable hiring platform, excels in this by directly addressing a common concern you might have: “Am I qualified for this job?” 

Peple matches you with roles that suit your skills, easing the often time-consuming search for suitable positions and reducing the anxiety of needing to meet every qualification. This feature is especially valuable for those facing systemic barriers, such as women and members of marginalized communities. By helping you create a holistic profile that encompasses all your experiences, Peple ensures you can showcase your true potential without facing the usual barriers, empowering you to stand out in the job market.

Peple’s benefits extend to employers as well, making the hiring process more efficient and fair. With tools like compensation benchmarking, Peple ensures fair salaries by matching job descriptions with industry standards. Auto-replies nudge employers to respond to candidates promptly, even if it’s a no, and a shortlist of qualified candidates helps employers find the right fit faster.

Beyond fairness and social justice—ensuring that everyone is given an equal opportunity regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics—equitable hiring practices bring diverse perspectives, foster innovation, expand the talent pool, contribute to economic growth, and improve community relations.

Peple supports these practices by giving the option to anonymizing your identifying information, such as pictures, names, pronouns, and dates, ensuring that you are evaluated solely on your skills and experiences.

This leads us back to you: the job seeker feeling frustrated by the current job market.

We get it and let’s be real: advice from a well-meaning family member or friend who hasn’t applied for a job in years just isn’t cutting it. 

In collaboration with Peple, we’ve compiled five modern tips that leverage technology to help you stand out while maintaining your special human touch.

1. Craft Your Unique Story

Advice: To make your resume truly stand out, tailor it to each job by incorporating relevant keywords. Quantify your achievements to highlight your impact, and be sure to include the skills you’ve gained from both paid and unpaid experiences. Don’t forget to highlight your personality and values to craft a narrative that authentically represents who you are.

Peple Feature: Peple can enhance your profile using AI-driven feedback to better showcase your individual strengths. The platform stays current with industry trends and provides prompts for skills you might not have considered. 

2. Don’t Undersell Yourself 

Advice: All of your experiences have led you to this point in your career. Whether it was honing your problem-solving skills in retail, developing adaptability from lifeguarding, or cultivating patience through babysitting, these experiences have shaped you into a versatile candidate. Now is the perfect time to proudly showcase these transferable skills to potential employers.

Peple Feature: With Peple, you can effortlessly create multiple profiles tailored for each job opportunity. The platform helps you craft profiles that are both holistic and optimized, allowing you to easily switch between them to match the specific requirements of each job application.

3. Stay Ahead of Trends 

Advice: Stay in-the-know with industry trends to strategically position yourself in the job market. For example, while a straightforward black-and-white resume might suffice in traditional sectors, a visually engaging resume and portfolio will help you stand out in creative industries like UX or graphic design.

Peple Feature: Peple’s advanced data analytics provide you with real-time insights into salary norms based on industry standards, region, and your achievements. The platform also highlights current skill demands and industry trends, helping you tailor your profile to what employers are looking for.

4. Filter Smarter

Advice: Job search platforms can feel overwhelming when every opportunity is listed. A great way to reduce the overwhelm is by filtering based on the job title you’re interested in. You can even take this a step further and look for variations of the job title you’re interested in, because let’s face it, companies don’t use the same title for the same positions. That way you’ll get notified when new opportunities arise.

Peple Feature: With Peple, you’ll answer questions about your passions, skills, goals, and values. Employers do the same, sharing their organization’s values and challenges. The more honest both sides are, the better the chances of finding the perfect match. Peple’s AI handles all the behind-the-scenes work, making your job search seamless, efficient, and human.

“Peple is like if LinkedIn and Tinder had a baby.” - Samantha Stilwell, COO & Co-Founder of Peple

5. Prioritize Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Your Job Search 

Advice: To find employers who genuinely value diversity and inclusion, research their policies, check their diversity statistics, read employee reviews, and evaluate their social media and blog. This will help you identify companies committed to creating an inclusive work environment where you can thrive.

Peple Feature: Peple’s diversity browsing ensures you are evaluated based on your skills and experiences by removing identifying information like your picture, name, pronoun, school, location, and age. This means you are given an equal opportunity from the start, allowing employers to see what you truly bring to the table.

Navigating the noisy job market can be challenging, but with the right strategies and tools, you can stand out and increase your chances of landing your dream job. By crafting your unique story, showcasing your transferable skills, staying updated with industry trends, filtering smarter, and prioritizing EDI, you’ll be well-equipped to succeed.

Join the waitlist and get notified when Peple has relaunched, plus get early access to user perks. You can also opt-in to have your profile automatically created in Peple to reduce the set-up time.

Rebecca Scott