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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Looking for a job? It really is a full time job!

So, you’ve been “let go” or you have given your notice in? For this article I am presuming the length of time before your last day is a calendar month.

Set aside time every weekday night and weekends for the following; you want to get a job as soon as possible so it would be foolish to do nothing in this period where you are still earning money.

Curriculum Vitae &  Résumé

First of all, what are they?
(the above taken from the Undercover Recruiter website with my small addition)
A CV (Curriculum Vitæ, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc.

The document tends to be organised chronologically and should make it easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions, the difference would be in the cover letter which can be used instead of a résumé.

A resume, or résumé, is a concise document typically not longer than one page as the intended (the reader) will not dwell on your document for very long. The goal of a resume is to make an individual stand out from the competition.

The job seeker should adapt the resume to every position they apply for. It is in the applicant’s interest to change the resume from one job application to another and to tailor it to the needs of the specific post. A resume doesn’t have to be ordered chronologically, doesn’t have to cover your whole career like and is a highly customisable document.
The first thing you need to update, is your CV. After you have brought it up to date, between your personal information and the list of previous jobs is to list your talents. Look at every job you have had and extract abilities from it.

As an example, imagine you had a job in sales and were reasonably successful. You could list “the ability to persuade people to look at things from a different point of view”. Looking at your CV for the sales job, all that tells the potential employer is you can sell, the earlier description shows a usefulness in all aspects of business. Get the picture?

OK, your CV is up-to-date, you’ve extracted your talents from each job, and you are ready to get started.

Employment Bureaux/Head Hunters

Now is the time to take your CV around and email all local agencies. Add your CV as a PDF attachment. The reason for this is that not every company uses Microsoft’s word but everyone can print out a PDF document. In this case, you may want to include a one page proper résumé.

If you have some holiday due to you, and the agencies want you to come in to see them, take a morning or afternoon off (not a day as you may have interviews to attend).

Writing letters to advertisements

 When sending off your CV with a covering letter, read the advert carefully, and list the special requirements in the advertisement. In the body of the letter, mention every requirement and state whether it is within your present knowledge and, if you have no knowledge of one of them, write something like “I’m a fast learner and this is something I always wanted to do”.

Writing letters on the off-chance

Write to companies you can easily get to even if no job has been advertised. The big difference here is your letter will be in a pile of one on the human resource manager’s desk, rather than in a pile of 500! You could say in the covering letter that you have passed by the company often and always wanted to work for them! Here is another case where you may want to include a proper résumé.

Looking for a job is a full time job

OK, you’ve tried the above but to date you have had little luck. Now you have to put all your efforts into finding a job.

Put aside a certain amount of time each week for this. The people who will be the most successful and will find a job before their money runs out, are those who decide to work Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm for this purpose. And if you want to be successful, remember; no days off and no time off.

If you think I have left anything vital off this, please use the comments below.


1 comment:

Andrew Ampers Taylor said...

Terrific book on getting a job. Nearly all of 57 reviews given 5 stars.