Your qualifications are a key factor in you getting hired however the impact of competition is a variable that many job searchers forget.There are over 1 million job listings and over 40 million resumes posted on Monster.com. CareerBuilder distributes its resumes to over 1000 local newspapers and job search websites. With all of these people looking for work, how will you be noticed?

If you are an IT professional, you are competing with millions of workers worldwide in today’s plug and play web linked services market. Consider the impact of gotomypc.com. It allows anyone in the world to access a Mac or PC from any Web browser in real time. So if you are a Network Engineer in Thailand, you can essentially compete with anyone in the U.S.

Think about it. A company advertises for a sales account manager and gets 2000 resumes. 10 applicants have a personal website link embedded on their resume highlighting what they can offer along with a blog link that offers insights into how to develop sales strategies. 5 show up on Linked-in and 7 were referred by current employees who met the candidates at a sales conference. Who gets an interview?

Understanding how to compete with your competition and creativity thinking about ways to get noticed is what can make the difference in getting hired or getting ignored.

Build a digital profile of who you are and what you have to offer.

Then give someone a reason to pick you.