Being unemployed is an occurrence we all go through at some point, whether you have just graduated or arrived back from a sabbatical. It is inevitable as the process may not be pleasant, especially if it goes on for a longer time than you assumed.
The most successful job seekers use a set of tactics, from building a social presence to reaching out to various companies. While searching, you end up getting lots of defective or poor advice but rest assured, the following four tips will seat you right on top of things.
Tip #1: CREATE your resume and cover letter
Your resume is the main ingredient for your job hunt. When constructing it, remember to take your time and be accurate. This will be the first impression the talent agency has of you, so it needs to be on point.
Aim to create a targeted resume, it highlights your achievements that link to the job that you are applying for.
Like myself, most recruiters find it completely unnecessary to add a picture to your resume as it takes up more space. Also, try not to include unnecessary information, like your full address or whether you have six dependants. The name of your City or Suburb is enough, if the recruiter needs additional information, they will reach out to you.
Aim to create a targeted resume, it highlights your achievements that link to the job that you are applying for. Try to make it as short as possible but not leaving out any important work experiences or projects. Ask a friend or family member to proofread your resume and cover letter to save you the embarrassment of grammatical errors, you can even use the Grammarly app to assist you.
Tip #2: Search and apply for the RIGHT job
You need to know your career goals. Take your time to think about it because landing a job that is not suited to what you need or where you want to grow will make you dissatisfied and you will lack motivation. The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to find a job that provides you with greater pleasure.
Do not be afraid to reach out to organizations that spark your interest. You will never know if you do not try!
Look for job openings that are tailored to your interests and expertise. Do not be afraid to reach out to organizations that spark your interest. You will never know if you do not try!
Tip #3: Investigate your target organisations and utilise your NETWORK
When you think you have found the ideal job vacancy, study the hiring company so you can distinguish if you would want to work there. You can also learn a lot about the culture of the business, salary expectations, benefits, and most importantly what services they provide. Remember to customize your cover letter to the vacancy you are applying to.
Use your network, whether it be LinkedIn, Telegram groups, or everyday social media. If you do not have a network, then start building one today. Preferably with people who are already in the position where you aspire to be as well as with hiring managers. Networking is necessary as it may provide you with more job opportunities. It is a fact that the most connected people are often the most thriving in their careers.
Tip #4: Apply with DETERMINATION
Do not underestimate your value, know your worth and trust yourself in the process.
Do not underestimate your value, know your worth and trust yourself in the process. Recruiters usually look for characters who are confident in their ability and who will be quick to handle the workload. If you are applying for a junior or administrative position, your daily tasks are usually learned on the job. Make sure your resume demonstrates your past success at learning new or job-specified skills.
If you are one of the many South Africans out there that are unemployed, start utilising these tips today. The process of finding work is never easy but we need to stay positive especially in these trying times. Share this article with fellow job seekers and together we shall prosper. If you have more tips to add, please comment down below.
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Written by Saadiqah Davids - Talent Management Lead at DLK Group