Your CV and cover letter should exude your personal identity - whether it is through the format, styling or phrases. These documents should entice the recruiter to contact you and offer you an interview in person - rather than read it passively. Make sure your CV echoes your skills and qualifications, as well as your personality!
Many of you fail to recognize the important of researching the job market. Explore and understand the logistics and requirements of working in a certain industry – learn the most recent developments and be aware of laws/latest news. Appearing ignorant and uninformed in your job interview is one of the unforgivable faux pas so put in the time and effort to before you enter the job seeker arena.
A job opportunity can arise from the most unexpected encounters – whether on holiday or at a friend’s house. So it’s important to act and look professional all the times. As a job seeker you have the potential to attract a job offer from anyone so maintain a professional persona when networking. You never know where your next opportunity is coming from!
Due to the global outreach of social media, it has almost become unacceptable not to have an online profile. However, this is a dangerous zone for job seekers as they often overlook the background checks employers perform before they interview candidates. You should always maintain an employable online image, whether on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out the privacy settings and make sure you are aware of what employers see when they view your profiles!
Searching for jobs is a challenge - with many people being unemployed for months on end. It is important to keep a positive attitude and approach your job search with enthusiasm as recruiters usually pick up on negative and frustrated job seekers. Keep applying and improving your employability to enhance your chances of finding your dream job.
Job seekers from across the globe are struggling to beat competition and land jobs in their chosen industry. The additional graduates joining the workforce every year has lead to the job market becoming even more saturated with people who have similar qualifications and experiences - eventually leading to job seekers being lost in the black hole of the market.
Here are 5 simple steps to successfully find a job and start your career: