Job hunting

Job Hunting

When looking for a new job have a clear idea of exactly what you want and what the minimum salary is that you are willing to accept. Although any work is better than no work try not to apply for jobs that you know full well that you will not accept, or know that you would hate. Calculate your outgoings before job hunting so that you know how much you need to pay your regular outgoings. This does not mean that you are not flexible, but that when hunting through job adverts you are a little more careful with regards to the jobs which you apply for. Another job hunting tip is to apply for a few jobs for which you know you are over qualified, with the intention of, if you do get an interview, using them as a test run as it is not the job of your dreams. HOWEVER if you don't get an interview for these jobs, don't let this get you down. The employer may well see that you are over qualified and may well think that you will easily get bored, so won't invite you for interview. Use any resources available to you such as Job Websites and Agencies and use CV writing guides to ensure that your CV is well written and its presentation appealing.

CV Presentation and Writing Tips

It may sound obvious but always spell check your CV as no matter how closely you think you have checked your CV it is so easy to miss something really obvious, especially if you have taken some time writing it. Speak in the same terms at all points in your CV and if you have chosen to write some as if from a third party such as "has proved to be hard working, punctual and a dedicated member of staff" then stick with this and write the entire CV in this way. If you choose to write from your own perspective "I have proved myself to be hard working, punctual and dedicated and feel that I am a valued member of the team" again stay with it and always read your CV back to see if you have slipped up at any point.

Its difficult to find the perfect length of c.v., as you don't want it too long or too short. Your current, or most recent job, should contain the most detailed information, including details of your current salary package and the reason you are looking to leave. Add these details to each job you have, but perhaps limit your duties to 4 or 5 bullet points of the most important responsibilities you had. Adding the reason you left will answer many of the questions any new employer might have. Make 100% certain that any gaps in your employment history are explained and be sure of your dated - employers hate finding a mistake as they begin to wonder if its a lie to conceal something.

Another good tip is to use good quality paper as this may grab the readers attention, though if you have sent your CV via email this obviously is irrelevant, but a change the the standard font may work in the same way. If you do decide to do this make sure that the font you use is still clear and looks professional.

When you do get to interview stage, read up on interview techniques and always plan your interview day. Research the company you are going to see, no matter what level of position you are applying for. Interviewers will be impressed if you have some knowledge of the company - look for things such as a Corporate Responsibility Policy, charity works, customer policy etc. Ensure you account for traffic or public transport delays and set off earlier than you really need to, better to be early and need to waste some time sitting in a cafe or reading a book than arrive late and flustered. You may not have thought that you needed skills to job hunt, but if you want to make your chances of getting a job as good as possible then you really do need to brush up on your job hunting skills and maximise the chance of getting a job as soon as possible.

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Updated on 29th February, 2012

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