Hints and tips to help you land your next job
Finding a job is hard work. As companies seek to cut costs and streamline their operations, they let thousands of ‘surplus to requirements’ employees go so that the directors get their annual bonuses. This creates a highly unbalanced job market where job seekers hopelessly outweigh job vacancies. More importantly it creates a market where employers choose more experienced individuals over young adults with potential but no prior experience, unfortunately the effect of this may only become apparent in years to come as skilled job seekers dwindle. Life is not always easy but this seems unfair to young individuals that are earnestly trying to get employed in todays workforce.
So what can you do?
- Have confidence in yourself. Believing in yourself is the foundation of achieving anything in life. It also empowers you to take action and helps you avoid negative feelings that only ever hinder your progress in life.
- Compile an informative and concise cover letter. The cover letter is usually the first contact you have with your prospective employer thus its importance cannot be overstated. It should summarise your entire resume on a single page, using point form mostly and clearly highlighting the qualifications and experience relevant to the post being applied to.
- Update your resume. Keep the design and layout simple and easy to read and highlight your achievements in an honest manner.
- Phone the prospective employer. Instead of simply mailing your resume and waiting, give the relevant person a call just to confirm that they have received your mail. It may be the difference from someone ignoring your application to having someone actually read your cover letter.
- Visit possible employers. Make copies of your resume, put on your tuxedo, paste on your best smile and personally go visit companies that you’re interested in. It shows initiative and it gets your name and face out there. You may just be at the right place at the right time.
- Do something every day. Keep your momentum; it will help you stay sharp and ready for any opportunities that arise.
- Lastly, don’t give up! There are thousands of employed people that were jobless before, so your struggle is not unique. Just keep going and keep your optimism.
These tips require action and tons of it but the rewards are well worth it. I hope you find the job of your dreams and that you prosper in all you do.