It has been said before, that fortune favors the bold; this is especially so when it comes to employment and job opportunities. Faced with hundreds, even thousands of job applications, employers often have a hard time distinguishing who among the many job applicants is suitable for a vacancy. Now imagine your CV among the hundreds of other CVs; what would make yourself stand out? What can you do to make yourself the person who ends up being picked for the job?
Well, look at things from an employer’s point of view. At the end of the day, the employer needs someone productive, responsible, disciplined, and able to get along great with everyone else in the organization. Thus it is for you to give them the reason that you possess those attributes!
Check out these 10 tips;
- Be honest; honesty is the best policy in a job search. If you don’t have a degree, don’t lie that you do; likewise, if you have never held a similar position, don’t lie that you have done it; rather, say that you’ve never really been in such a position but that you are a fast learner, and such like language.
- Brevity; make your job application brief; from the cover letter to your CV, even referees. Gone are the days when employers were looking for candidates with thick, booklet-like CVs; today, they just need to know that you are qualified. All other details like awards or trophies you won; you’ll mention those on the actual interview day.
- Versatility; you may have a degree in Mass Communication, and are very eager to work in TV or for a major Newspaper. But don’t limit yourself to those; when you come across a PR firm with a vacancy, apply for that too! When applying for a job, say that I, so and so, wish to apply for the job announced, or any other vacancy that may be available. Such language will make employers realize that you are someone open-minded, and capable of being spontaneous.
- Don’t dwell on the pay/ salary; most job seekers tend to get obsessed with the pay and forget that they need to acquire the job first. Issues about pay should be best discussed during the interview day; otherwise don’t mention such in your cover letter. Even in your CV, stop comparing your previous earnings, with what you expect to get paid. That’s always a turn-off to employers.
- Internship/ volunteering; sometimes, internships and volunteering are the best avenues to find yourself inside some nice paying jobs. Be ready to work as an intern for a few months, during which time you’ll learn about the organization, perfect skills you learned in college, etc. Most employers tend to absorb and employ bright and productive interns or volunteers at the end of their terms.