The Actual Interview
Ten step guide to getting a job
Job hunting is a complicated, scary and truly exhausting activity often specialized to the
types of positions you’re applying for. However, following these 10 crucial steps will give you a
massive boost towards bagging that first job.
01 FOCUS your search
You could apply for loads of varied jobs without having the full set of skills and experience for any of them. Or, you can specialise, and make sure you’re armed to the teeth with relevant skills, knowledge and experience, for a particular type of job. Which could take some time. But it’s a surer route to success than applying for jobs you don’t have a chance of getting because you don’t stand out from the crowd. The key decision you have to make is choosing the narrower area to specialise in.
02 Specialise your job applications
Focus and specialisation applies right down to the actual individual job applications themselves. One specialised application, with the CV, cover letter and anything extra tailored exactly to that particular job is worth ten, twenty, generic ‘one size fits all’ applications.If you find a job, you REALLY like, that’s REALLY you, why not spend a week on the application, rather than applying for a dozen OK ones? It’ll probably make you twelve times more likely to get to interview than the others, and it’ll be for something
you’re genuinely excited about.
03 Evidence, evidence, evidence
‘I know I can do a brilliant job’, ‘I’ve got a great sense of humour’,‘I’m highly organised’.It’s a terrible thing, but not having met you, employers can’t just take your word for it. Any time you claim a skill - show evidence. And show the best evidence possible. A link to an award, or an online review of a play you directed is better evidence than ‘was commended for directing a school house play and can show certificates upon request’. A link to a tumblr that shows the kinds of things you find funny (or maybe your own
memes?) is better evidence than ‘all my friends say I’m hilarious’. If you haven’t got good enough evidence for your skills - get some.
04 Turn your Twitter stream into an ‘insider’ CV
Social media monitoring service Reppler surveyed 300 recruiters:
• 90% have visited a candidate’s profile on a social network
• 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate based on content found on his or her social networking profiles
This shows that your social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube account etc.) is important. It can ruin your chances of getting employment.But the good news is that you can control it. If your Facebook’s not
saying the right thing about you - make it private.The even better news, is that your social media presence provides a huge opportunity. According to the same survey:68% have hired a candidate based
on his or her presence on those networks.You have the power to shape and control your online profile. To have it working for you. Your Twitter stream can become the ideal insider ‘snap-shot’ of your life, your style, humour and interests. One that you want an employer to see. One that will help you get that job.
05 Cast your net wide
Broaden your search as far as can go. Systematically cover all companies in the industry, including smaller
and medium sized ones. Visit their specific websites. If they’re not hiring, send speculative letters, or make speculative phone-calls. Scour industry press, see which companies are thriving, growing fastest, target
06 Exploit networks, grow networks
Never underestimate the power of who you know, or who you can get to know.At the least, people you know or hardly know or who you’ve never met but know someone you vaguely know, can give you invaluable advice and info. At best they can be the key reason for you finding employment. Conduct regular network audits - make sure you haven’t missed a single contact. Go through all your Facebook friends. All you mother’s friends. All your grandmother’s friends. All the people that live in your grandmother’s sheltered
housing, and all of their sons, daughters and granddaughters. Seriously. Leads can come from the strangest, most tenuous links.Furthermore actively grow your network. Got a friend with a job in an industry related to your job search? Go and stay with them, sleep on their couch. Meet their work colleagues. Find out about their working life, learn what you can from them and their peers. You don’t have to become a ‘networking’ maniac, just make sure you get yourself into positions that give your network the opportunity to grow and ask for advice, info and yes, help. People can be generous.
Culled from http://www.studentbeans.com/lifeafteruniversity
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