Job hunting can be very stressful, especially if you have a family who push you to get a job so you can earn your own cash, or you could have friends who are going on shopping sprees, nights out or going on holiday, and you’re having to miss out because you don’t have the cash. Been there done that!
So we’ve come together to write some tips to help you get into the world of work… Before we start with the tips, try asking yourself, what am I good at? And what do I really enjoy doing? These sound really basic I know, but it will help you with your C.V.
Try and define your skills, before you create your C.V, this will help you think about, what are your core skills? (managing teams, being creative)? How have you utilised these skills and where? How can you transfer these skills (if it’s possible)? What skills can you bring to your future employer, which will add value to their business?
As you’ve probably realised is that I haven’t put any references or comments to the industry specifics. The reason for this is that in any change of career, it is the core skills you need to focus on. These are and will be your true ‘value adds.’
The next step is to build a great C.V… they’re a lot of CV templates online which you can use for free. Just remember that a C.V is not an autobiography, make sure your C.V is relevant for the application you are applying for, and make sure you add your appropriate core skills to the role. NEVER add anything in a C.V that you are not prepared to demonstrate or elaborate on! Also stick to the facts! Not opinions.
Also make sure that you review your resume every couple of weeks, as skills and your personal profile can change. Remember to focus on the positives…this could be questions such as…What have been your major career accomplishments? What were the ultimate ‘outcomes’? and how did you achieve these accomplishments?
Once you’ve completed your C.V you can now start looking for jobs (online or in store). When applying for job make sure you not only re-evaluate your approach, but also your situation, this is because looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. Make sure you dedicate a few hours a week to your job search, this will mean stepping up your efforts! Plus, if you are already employed and are reassessing your situation, take a few weeks off from looking around, you may then realise that things where you are already aren’t that bad after all.
Try applying for fewer jobs! (sounds crazy we know, but it’s true, I’ve also been there and bought the t-shirt.) One of the biggest mistakes that people job hunting make is firing off dozens of rushed applications in the hope it will boost their chances of being successful. Sending one brilliant application is far better than sending ten shoddy ones. It is a much smarter use of your time.
Out in the big wide world can be very competitive, especially in the job market, you need to make your application stand out so you can make it to the next stage of the recruitment process (interview). ALWAYS make sure you do your research on the company you have applied for.
We from Youth Enterprise Academy C.I.C hope that this has answered all of your queries about tips to job hunting. Come back next week for "how to become entrepreneur with little money" or why not take a look at last week post about "the most commonly asked interview questions"
“What can you tell me about yourself?” “What weaknesses do you have?” “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”
Alright some of interview questions are easier to answer than others. Never-the-less no one can predict exactly what you will be asked, however one thing for sure there is very high potential of a question making you stumble. Except, of course, when you have prepared in advance.
To assistance you with getting an idea of what could come up, we have created list of common interview questions, and a guild on how to answer them: