Getting A Job
Finding the right job can be stressful, therefore it is vital that you prepare yourself mentally. The following tips will help ease some of that stress on your job hunt.
Don't wait about
The majority of Employer's don't take kindly to employment gaps that can't be explained, therefore it is in your best interests not to dilly-dally but to start your job search immediately.
Narrow your Job Search
There are plenty of jobs about, therefore choosing a career path that interests and excites you will help you have a direct and consistent approach when job hunting, this will also lead to your CV being more fluid and interviews becoming more natural, as you are sticking to what you want and what you know.
Only apply for relevant positions
Thoroughly read and check job descriptions before applying. Make sure you meet essential criteria such as Academic Qualifications, Industry Experience etc. Applying for positions that you aren't suited or qualified for may lead to you being overlooked by Employers and Recruiters who may think you are a time waster.
Check your CV
Be sure to read over your CV numerous times to check that it makes sense. Always ensure spellings and punctuation are correct. Also make sure dates are in the correct order for Employment and Academia, a common problem in CV's are overlapping dates, this can confuse an Employer and lead to your CV being rejected. Finally, ask someone who you trust to read over the CV to ensure it reads well.
Always attend Interviews
The more you attend the better you get. Most jobs are offered if the Interviewer likes the Interviewee regardless of skills and qualifications. Therefore every interview you attend helps build your confidence, improve your technique and most importantly increases your chances of securing a job.
If you fail to prepare then you must prepare to fail. Researching companies has never been easier. Create a summary of what you think your potential Employer is about, what they are looking for and how you can be a good for them. If the Interview has been arranged by a Recruiter, always ask how past candidates have got on and where they may have gone wrong. Read over the summary numerous times the night before your interview and directly before your interview.
Sadly not all Employers provide feedback, however you should always chase feedback within 48 hours of an Interview. If you have been unsuccessful, find out why so you can try and improve on this next time round.
Positive Mental Attitude
Finding the right job takes a lot of time and effort, you will have to get used to having your CV rejected, failing at interviews and losing out to other candidates. Therefore you must try and stay positive throughout the whole process.