Job hunting can be long, tedious and disheartening. You spend hours and hours scouring the internet, amending your resume and sending them off to different companies and employers, and a lot of the time it all leads to dead ends. If you have found yourself stuck in a job-hunting rut and are finding it hard to stay motivated to keep going, fear not; there is light at the end of the tunnel, and if you follow these tips, you won’t be on the job hunt for much longer.
Network and Connections
It isn’t about what you know, but who you know. We have all heard the phrase, and while it definitely isn’t the law of the land, there is some truth in it. Networking and getting to know people in your industry can lead to some very useful connections that could get you first dibs on a new opening that hasn’t been publicized to the general masses yet. Effective networking can be done through online groups, attending meetings and taking part in training events within the industry. Talk to people in the positions that you are aspiring to be in and learn from them.
Tailor Your Resume
It is boring and time consuming and you begin to question whether it is even worth it. But it definitely is. Tailoring your resume to each role you apply for is absolutely essential. It is likely that a real living human being won’t be sifting through the thousands of resumes that get sent for jobs that are advertised online; it’ll be a robot. This robot is designed to pick up on certain words and phrases, which are usually in the job advertisement. Pull out the key phrases used in the job requirements and description and integrate them effectively into your resume to make sure yours gets shortlisted.
Achievements Over Tasks
One big mistake people make when writing a resume is simply listing all the tasks they did within a role, like a job description. Employers aren’t that interested in all the different types of digital advertisements you made for your previous employer; what they are interested in is how the product saw a 75% sales boost after your campaign was released. Employers want to know what you achieved so they can see how you can benefit them and their company. Use active words to give details on your achievements in previous roles, and if you can throw in some figures, even better.
Effective Cover Letter
This is your first chance to sell yourself and show the hiring team that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Just like it is essential that you customize your resume, it is also vital that your cover letter is tailored to the job specifics and the employer. Sending a cover letter over with your resume will help you stand out, which is why it is a good idea to write one even if it is not necessarily required, especially if the job listing is going to have hundreds if not thousands of applicants. A lot of people aren’t sure how to write a cover letter or what information is included. To push you in the right direction, Placement have created a step-by-step guide to show you how to write a cover letter that is effective and will definitely get you noticed by prospective employers. As their team is made of up expert career coaches, you can be assured that they know what they are talking about.
You want to show that you are passionate, eager and committed to the role you have applied for. Following up after you have submitted your application will ensure you are remembered and stand out from other candidates. You can do this by sending over an email or giving the hiring manager a call to confirm that they have received your application and to express further interest. However, try not to do this too soon after as you don’t want to be an annoyance; it is recommended to wait at least a week first. Alternatively, it may be useful to arrange a visit to have a look around the premises and get a feel of whether you would be suited to the environment. Following up with an in person visit that has been formally arranged will further establish yourself as a top candidate.
Know Your Strengths
Once you have successfully secured an interview, you need to make sure you are adequately prepared for the interview. Make sure you are very clear about why you are the perfect candidate for this role and the skills that you have that make this so. Just like you promote your achievements in your resume, this is also what you need to focus on in your interview. For each of your strengths, make sure you have strong examples of when you used this skill in real life to showcase that you are a proactive and achievements-based employee. It is fine saying that you have strong interpersonal skills but think about the examples you have that will prove this.
Practice Common Questions
There are some interview questions that are just bound to be asked, no matter what the job is that you are applying for. The likelihood of them all coming up is low, but having gone through them and thinking about your answers will better prepare you for any unexpected questions and give you a boost of confidence as all your achievements and strengths will be clear in your mind. A top interview preparation tip is to have a quick google to see if you can find any common questions that are specific to the role or company you are interviewing for.
Three is a Magic Number
When answering interview questions, always answer in threes. Whatever questions you get asked, give three skills, an example of each and how you can relate them to the specific role or company that you are interviewing for. Obviously, you will give a different answer to each question, but sticking to the rule of three and preparing some of your answers beforehand will show that you are a strong candidate.
Job hunting can be disheartening, interviewing is nerve-racking and the whole process can be just a little bit overwhelming. But take a deep breathe, follow these tips, and you’ll soon be receiving that job offer you’ve been after.
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