jobseekers' toolbox

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Our Job Seekers' Toolbox provides practical job information which will help you land a job that is well suited to your interests and talents. We have chosen to focus on two important aspect of the job hunting process, i.e. the CV + Cover Letter and the Interview which will determine your success or failure to secure your dream job.

Why is the CV and Cover Letter important?
A CV and Cover Letter is a marketing document, tailored to the requirements of the position to which you are applying.


A Cover Letter can be rated good or ill-written at the first glance. Therefore it is extremely important to tailor both documents to the position you are targeting so employers know how your skills meet their needs.

Guide To Cover Letter Preparation (read >>)

Guide To CV Preparation

1. Avoid typos and grammatical errors - This annoys employers most and gives a bad first impression to your potential employers.

2. Be specific - Employers must understand what exactly you have done and accomplished in your previous job/s.

3. One standard CV will not fit all jobs - Employers want you to write a CV specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.

4. Highlighting duties instead of accomplishments - Remember it is not what your job description said, but what you achieved while performing usual the duties, that will grab the attention of the employers.

5. An ideal CV should not be too long and not too short - There are no guidelines governing the length of CVs but generally, it is recommended not to be more than 2 pages.

6. Use Action Verbs - Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs: “Resolved internal control issues by implementing new standard operating procedures for ...... ”

7. Incorrect contact information -
Make sure there are no typos, especially the email address.

8. A good objective statetement - Employers prefer something specific and, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own. Example: “To secure a management position where I can effectively utilize my expertise in human relations, project management, staff recruitment and retention." Avoid writing something like "Seeking a challenging position for career growth”

Guide To Interview Preparation
Once you have been invited for an interview, you must prepare. Lack of preparation often leads to poor results. Thorough preparation increases your confidence and improves your performance and job opportunities.

 

1. Know yourself – self-evaluation is the first and the most important step in choosing an occupation and planning your career, and starting a job search. It involves self evaluation of your interests and experiences, skills and achievements, and values. Be prepared to communicate this self-evaluation to your prospective employer, either through the CV or interview.

 

2. Research – researching the industry, the employer and the position for which you are applying for, prior to an interview, is extremely important. It reflects well on your enthusiasm and the information you gain will help you prepare questions for the employer and give you a good sense of salary levels, working conditions and current market trends.

 

3. Practice – prepare and practice answers to possible interview questions. Pay special attention to your verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

 

4. Contact your referees – it is a good idea to keep your referees informed of your job search process so that they are aware of positions you are applying for and are ready to be contacted in the near future.

 

5. The day of the interview - dress appropriately. Your attire/appearance WON'T get the job, but it CAN certainly rob you of it. Bring along any documents or information you may need, such as extra copies of your CV and a list of references. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the interview, to give you time to relax and gather your thoughts, as opposed to arriving just on time but out of breath. Be courteous with everyone you meet.

 

6. Follow-up - candidates often fail to follow up with an organization after an interview. It is good practice and courteous to send a thank-you note to the interviewer(s) within a day or two to thank them for their time and indicate your continued interest in the position. Do not be afraid to follow up with the interviewer(s) and inquire about the status of your application if you have not heard from them within the agreed time frame. Follow-up(s) also demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job.

 

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