Unfortunately in this economic climate redundancies have become more and more common. Every day people are turning up for work to be told that their job no longer exists leaving them desperately hunting for a new job.
The job market at the moment is particularly fierce with stiff competition from candidates eager to end their run of unemployment.
The truth is that in this kind of job market you need to give yourself every competitive edge you can to make sure that you are the successful candidate. So if you are lookingÂ to secure a new job and you want to give yourself a head start, take a look at our top tips and get one step closer to your goal
Tip 1: Your CV is an advert
When it comes to your CV you need to get it right. Take some time perfecting it and it could really pay off. Remember, your CV is your advert it needs to really sell your skills and experience and to give you a real edge you should adjust it to fit better to the specific job you are applying for. You might want to consider finding out more about the job you are going to apply for and what qualities the employer is looking for in a successful candidate. You can then ensure your CV highlights the fact that you have these particular skills and qualities.
If you need some guidance you may be able to get a free template online. Once you have got a good CV give it to employment agencies, upload it to job websites and send it off to potential employers. Apply for as many suitable jobs as you can, persistence is the trick here. If you have sent a CV to a potential employer, follow it up with a quick call to check the company in question has received it. Make sure you mention your name in this conversation as many time as possible, it might just stick in the person's mind when they are sifting through CVs
Tip 2: Practice, practice, practice
If you get an interview you need to perform and the trick is to practice. Get friends and family to ask you questions that you might need to answer as part of an interview. Like anything in life the more you practice, the better you will be about it. Think specifically about answers to questions focussing on why you would like the job, what skills and experience you could offer your employer and what your goals for the future are
Tip 3: Make a great first impression
Of course dressing correctly and being on time is essential, but there are others ways in which you can also make a great first impression. Often people are so nervous in interviews that without realising it they send the wrong signals to potential employers. Interviews aren't just about what you say, but about how you present yourself both in terms of physical appearance and in how you say things. However, nervous you are, try to remember to smile, to make eye contact, to talk in a calm and thoughtful tone of voice.Â Also try to use your body language to convey a sense of confidence. Don't cross your arms and try to mimic the physical actions of your interviewer.About the Author:
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