In my previous articles, Resilience - The key to Survival and Career resillience and globalization, being resilient is an important factor to become competitive on the job market. Another essential factor to winning a job is networking.
From the book "From Kids to Corporations: Successful Leadership in the Home and Workplace" by Judith Suhr,
"...it is not what you know but whom you know.That may open the door, but it should not guarantee continued employment if expected results are not produced..."
To increase competitiveness, start networking. Linkedin and are good starts.