Research from recruitment giant Hays said that of the more than 1,100 employers it spoke to, 51 per cent said nominated industry experience as the key factor that helps a candidate stand out from the crowd right now.
This was closely followed by cultural fit at 50 per cent and a good CV with relevant experience at 39 per cent.
Responding to the findings, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand Nick Deligiannis said employers are less willing to take a chance on someone at the moment, so jobseekers need to make sure they highlight relevant, applicable industry experience on their CV.
“Cultural fit is essential, too, which is why it’s important to research a hiring organisation’s culture and values then share in your CV and in an interview examples that demonstrate how your way of working is aligned with theirs,” Mr Deligiannis said.
“You must also highlight your relevant experience. Employers today want proof that you could do the job well.
“They aren’t willing to take a chance on an unproven performer, which is why it’s important to demonstrate the relevance of your experience and the value you could bring to their organisation.”
According to Mr Deligiannis, one way to prove the relevance of experience in a CV is to add quantifiable evidence, saying there are a lot of ways you could quantify and prove the relevance of your experience.
“For example, you could state the percentage increase in new sales, clients or website visitors you were responsible for, the number of team members or projects you’ve managed, the volume of work you delivered in a given time frame, your response rate for queries or the number of customers you typically served,” he said.
“The staff retention or promotion rates within your team, the number of stakeholders you’ve worked with, the number of projects delivered ahead of time, the impact of process improvements you’ve made, the number of meetings you chair, any cost or time reductions achieved or the number of new skills or awards you’ve received are other examples.”