Useful tips for jobseekers
Unless you are lucky or have a highly sought-after skill, finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating process.
Know your career goals
Set long and short term career goals to work towards. This will also make answering the “what are your 5 and 10 year goals” question easier at your next interview.
Customize your resume & cover letter
Employers and recruitment specialists are looking for candidates that stand out and check all the boxes. Spend the time on adjusting your CV and cover letter pitch for the job you are applying on. Recruiters receive a lot of CVs and by highlighting your skills and fit for the job you are closer to securing an interview.
Prepare for interviews
Interview the interviewer with well-researched questions. This is your opportunity to do 2 important things:
- Collect information about the job and company
- Demonstrate your interest in the job
On the side of caution, there are questions you should never ask at an interview. They may indicate that you are disinterested, didn’t read the job description…
- What does this company do?
- How old is the company?
- What other jobs are available here?
- How quickly can I get promoted?
- What are the requirements of this job?
Instead ask questions like these:
- What can you tell me about this job that isn’t in the description?
- What are the prospects for growth for the person in this job?
- How often are performance reviews provided? Do employees receive feedback from their managers?
- What are the next steps in your process?
- When can I expect to hear from someone [or you] about this job?
Expand your skills
Stay current, stay relevant, stay curious. Industry demands are changing faster than ever and while you may not necessarily want to do a costly course you can update your skills by attending online masterclasses and talks as well as courses from Google Garage and Udemy.