Joining the job hunt is a very daunting task for so many people, and being faced with interview after interview can be enough to dissuade you from finding a new job altogether. But often, all it takes is a bit of planning and preparation, and finding a job won’t be as hard as you think. Here are some hints to get you on the right path.
- Tidy up your resume.
No employer has the time to read through a resume full of jargon and convoluted explanation. To ensure your resume is read through properly, cut out any unnecessary explanations and words that may clutter your page, so that the important information is clear and succinct.
- Have reliable references.
There’s no use listing references who are unreliable or won’t present you in the best light. Remember that the references you choose will be a reflection of you in a professional capacity, so be sure to only list people who will speak convincingly and highly of you.
- Customise your cover letter.
If you use a generic cover letter, it’s highly likely the companies you apply to work for will realise you’ve sent a one-size-fits-all pitch. To set yourself apart from other applicants and show that you care, make your pitch relevant to the company you’re applying to.
- Devote a day or two to finding jobs.
If you put in a half-hearted effort, chances are you won’t get the responses you’re looking for. Whether you’re applying online, making calls or handing out resumes, you’ll see the best results if you spend time being thorough and comprehensive. Only apply to jobs that are relevant to you and your circumstances, and fill out applications carefully. If you’re speaking directly to employers, don’t act like you’re in a rush, and show that you’re more than happy to give them your time.
- Rehearse your interview.
You never know when you’ll get a job interview, so it’s important to be prepared at all times. Make a script with answers to common interview questions and read over it a number of times. Having main points stuck in your brain will make it easier to sound convincing, and you’ll be less likely to freeze on the spot trying to come up with an answer.