Job hunting tips to secure your dream job
Recruitment - 10 Feb 2022
Job hunting can be a double-edged sword for those who have been through the process – as exciting as it can be, it can also be exceptionally daunting at times. It involves far more than just searching for positions in a specific field and sending out your Curriculum Vitae to potential employers. As much as you need to make sure that the position you are applying for matches what you are looking for, you need to make sure that you, as an individual, is an equal good match to what the specific company is looking for.
We have put together a short cheat sheet of tips that can help you improve your chances of finding the opportunity you are looking for and also to increase your success rate of being hired.
- Know your own career goals – it is so important to know yourself and identify what you are looking for in a career – even more so if you are a newbie entering the job market for the first time. Take the time to sit down and write out your goals and how you want to achieve them. As much as a 5-year plan is cliche and at times uncertain in the times we live in, personal goals are what keeps you on track. Speak to family, friends and mentors in your life to get insight and get their opinions. This will help you narrow down your job search and what you are really passionate about.
- The perfect CV – first impressions are lasting and so many individuals struggle when it comes to putting skills and their personality on a one-, or two-pager and sell themselves convincingly, without over promising and under delivering. Take the time and seek professional advice from the experts that specialise in CV writing and putting together a convincing and impactful cover letter. This will save you time, disappointment and frustration when it comes to applying for a desired position.
- Customise your CV – this might seem like a lot of admin, but tailoring your CV and cover letter for specific positions you are applying for, is an absolute must. Not only will it make you stand out from the crowd, but it will show hiring managers that you have taken the time to read through the job description and that you have considered that you have the required skills and experience.are relevant to that position. Hiring managers who look through many resumes should be able to read yours and quickly know you have the skills for the position. Keep your key sections, but ensure that you tailor your abilities to the specific position.
- Research, research, research – instead of just applying to all companies that have vacancies available in your desired field, make sure you research the company before applying. This will give you an overall picture of the company’s vision, mission and goals and most importantly – the culture. If you don’t fit in, your first steps in your new career will be displeasing. Not only will research assist you in finding out more about the company, it will also assist you in referencing important information that you can add to your cover letter to stand out.
- Network regularly – always ensure that you network and interact with professionals, both online and in person (COVID-permitting of course.) Professionals will always be able to give you valuable advice and insights into specific fields and they might be able to recommend you for positions that you are not aware of or might not be listed on job search platforms.
Always remember, when you get to the interview stage, shine authentically! Explain why you are the best choice for the position and always be confident in everything you say and do.
Go forth and conquer!