Getting a job can be a competitive situation but it doesn’t have to be a lottery. Careful preparation can mean that you stand a better chance of being noticed.
Here are ten steps to set you off in the right direction:
Sort out your online reputation. Remember if you wouldn’t want your mother to see it, you definitely don’t want a prospective employer to.
Be clear about what you have to offer. Being clear about your skills, achievements and experience is step one in selling yourself.
Apply for jobs that are right for you and invest in making your applications first rate.
Tailor your CV to each role. It may take time but it will be worthwhile ensuring that your application ticks all the boxes for each employer.
Do your research about the company and your interviewer. This will help you frame your responses in interview and show that you’re really serious about the role.
Be prepared by rehearsing your answers to questions about your motivations, experience and achievements.
Don’t forget that what you do outside work can help you display skills that future employers might value. Think about your hobbies and interests from a skills perspective.
Be positive and enthusiastic, not just about the current opportunity but also your past experience. Be careful not to be negative about past employers or experiences.
Make a first impression by dressing appropriately and being friendly and confident.
Seek out feedback and act on it. Make a point of asking for feedback from your recruitment consultant and taking action to address it. Look at feedback as an opportunity to stand out rather than criticism.