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GUIDE TO JOB SEEKING

Career Tools / Guide to Job Seeking

 

There are three main types of work to consider: temporary, contract or permanent. There are, of course, benefits to each and you might not have a preference, but your job hunting will be easier if you know what type of work you’re looking for. You’ll also have to consider whether you’re looking for full or part time work.

Use our CV builder to create the perfect CV, choose a professional typeface, avoid spelling mistakes, organise details into clear headings and list education in chronological order. Your CV needs to be clear detailing your key skills and experience and also why you are appropriate for the role.

On the day of your interview, dress appropriately and be punctual, arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. During the interview remain calm and take time if needed to answer questions. Expand on your answers and give examples to demonstrate that what you are saying you have experience in. Remember that you know what you are worth, enquire about salary, benefits and be prepared to negotiate if necessary.

The Application

  • Arrive prepared with the information you need.
  • Read and follow instructions carefully.
  • Tailor your answers to the job you are seeking.
  • Don't provide any negative information.
  • Always answer questions truthfully.
  • Do not put specific salary requirements.
  • Provide references.
  • Keep your application consistent with your CV.
  • Proofread your application before submitting it.

One final word. - Be prepared for all kinds of job applications, from simple one-page applications to multi-page applications; and some will be clean and crisp copies while others will appear to be photocopied a few too many times. Regardless, take your time and do the best you can, always keeping in the back of your mind the goal of the application -- getting you an interview.

If you have not heard from the employer within a week of submitting your application, you should follow-up with the employer. There's truth to the "squeaky wheel" cliché. Ask for an interview -- and ask to have your application kept on file.