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Finding a job can be one of the most arduous, and soul crushing tasks for a lot of people. It’s the crippling fear of rejection, which often puts people off applying altogether, that feeling of “Am I not good enough?” that makes a lot of people lose faith in themselves and their abilities/achievements. And that’s just not the case! It’s a giant world out there, millions of people in the same position, and it’s important for employers to make sure they have the right person for the right role. There are, however, ways in which you can give yourself the best chance of finding and landing the job you deserve, so here are a few tips on how to stand out in the crowd.
When applying for a job, it’s important to remember that employers will be looking for specific skills, experience and personalities to find the right person, so it’s a good idea to tailor your CV to cater to that specification. You’ll find often that these days, people have multiple versions of their CV, to cater toward whatever role they're applying for. While this is easier if you have the experience behind you, it’s fine if not, you can still cater it by your skills and personality, have a look at what the role specification is, and use that loosely to highlight which parts of you they’re looking for. Whilst it’s important you capture all of this onto your CV, it’s also imperative to keep your CV as short as possible – typically two pages are a good baseline to aim for. As employers usually have multiple applicants, it’s important you capture everything and streamline it in a presentable way, but too many pages can be off putting and sometimes won’t even get read.
It’s difficult to know where to look for a job – yes typically you can use sites like Indeed, TotalJobs etc, but a lot of employers reach out to employment agencies, or hire headhunters to help find the right person. You may be wondering about now; what is a headhunter? Don’t worry, it’s not as aggressive as it sounds, they work similarly to recruitment agencies, but are hired by a company to scout potential candidates to apply for a given role. It may be ideal to join an agency that specialises in the kind of work you’re looking for, they can streamline your search and will have your CV to hand, so would be best placed to recommend you for roles that may be suitable for you and the employer.
Cover letters are rapidly becoming more and more popular as the demand and competition for jobs tightens, and they’re a great way to sell yourself in a few words. They should explain why you’d be the best person for the job in two parts; why you’d be a great fit for the company, and why the company would be a great fit for you. Don’t be afraid to show your passion as first impressions are important!
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