10 Top Tips to Getting that Job
10 Top Tips to Getting that Job
- Take a breath – make a coffee (or tea) and settle down somewhere quiet – the last thing you need are distractions. If that’s impossible at home then go somewhere else – like the local library.
- Think about the kind of jobs you are applying for and then think again. Most people make the mistake of restricting themselves to what they are familiar with. Actually, you’re capable of fulfilling a wide variety of roles.
- Set yourself in front of a desktop or laptop computer – not a mobile device. Many mobiles and tablets are incompatible with certain company websites (not ours I hasten to add) and in any case are not ideal for online form filling. If you haven’t got a computer then borrow one from a friend or, again – visit the local library where you are able to access a desktop.
- Make sure a) you have a CV and b) it is up to date. Your CV should be clear and easy to read. The average recruiter spends just nine seconds scanning a CV before deciding whether or not an applicant should progress to the interview stage; so it’s important your strong points stand out. You’ll find some great CV templates online or consider having one produced professionally ORDER NOW
- So, now you are ready to make your first application. Take time to read the job description. Think – what is this company looking for? If you have an online form to complete make sure that your answers reflect the job description and person specification. If, for example, an essential requirement is for the candidate to have good communication skills, make sure you give some clear examples of where your GREAT communication skills were deployed in a work setting. If you are simply required to send off your CV make sure you a) include a cover letter highlighting why you are the right candidate for the role and b) adjust your CV to fit the job you are applying for.
- Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. In my career I have interviewed thousands of people (I’m old) and have never offered a position of employment to someone who cannot spell. Do not rely on spellchecks – very often they are set to American English. If you really want to annoy me (or any potential employer with high standards) state that you have a ‘driving license’.
- DO NOT under any circumstances randomly apply for hundreds of jobs. Some jobs boards will give you the option to do just that – one click and your CV is on its way. Big mistake. Instead, apply for one or two a day but put every ounce of energy into making those applications brilliant.
- If you’re lucky enough to land an interview then plan. Be sure to confirm to the employer that you will be attending. Find out exactly where the interview is. How are you going to get there? Make sure you leave plenty of time on the day – you don’t want to be late. Before the interview you should conduct some research on the company. What is their mission statement? Who is their Chief Executive? Where is their head office? Who will be your line manager? Check him/her out on LinkedIn – find out what kind of person s/he is. Knowledge is advantage. Re-read the job description and person specification – know them inside out. Rehearse your answers to commonly asked questions ‘Why are you right for this position?’ Dress appropriately on the day and be yourself. Have confidence – you have prepared as well as you can and probably better than most of your rival candidates.
- Most people have at least some degree of anxiety when it comes to interviews. If you are nervous then don’t worry – that is perfectly normal. Remember that everyone else will be nervous too. You’ll either get the job or you won’t. You’ve already done well to get to the interview stage. A company wouldn’t shortlist a candidate they know couldn’t do the job. Just be yourself and smile – no one wants to work with a misery guts. Studies have shown that interviewers place a great deal of emphasis simply on whether they like a candidate or not. Make sure the impression you give is positive and friendly.
- If you are successful – great. If you are unsuccessful make sure you contact the employer and thank them for their time. You’re disappointed but actually; not getting the job is also an opportunity. An opportunity to display good grace and professionalism. That will leave a good and long lasting impression. Who knows; you may be in front of that same company again at some point.
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