” the best way to predict the future is to create it”
Finding a job is hard enough, so here are ways to make it a little easier to LAND THAT JOB! This blog entry will be about how to write a killer CV, how to dress for success, ways to ace the interview and how to find your feet in the world of work.
1. Writing your killer CV:
“Almost everyone will make a good first impression, but only a few will make a good lasting impression”
So having that in mind, the most important part of job seeking is having a CV, and not only an ordinary one, but one that will stand out and give a “good lasting impression”.
Firstly, a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a summary of your education, professional background or experience and other relevant information. It must be concise, relevant, professional and true reflection of your qualifications, skills and experience. The content of your CV should consist of your personal details, education, experiences and references.
Why Personal Details?
- The Employment Equity Act promotes equal opportunity in the workplace and ensures equitable representation in all job categories and levels
- The demographics of a company should represent the demographics of the country
- So, the following should be included:
-Name and Surname
-Disability (if applicable)
(NB, provide an alternative contact number – make sure your dream employer can get hold of you!)
Education and Experiences:
- Year, institution, qualification, subjects
- Achievements that are relevant (academic, sport, leadership, etc)
- Duties / Responsibilities
- Reason for leaving
Help, I have no experience! #SOS
House-sitting during the holidays
Date: 2016 – Present
Position: House- and pet-sitting
- Ensuring safety by activating the alarm daily
- Feeding pets and plants
- Ensuring that electricity is working
This part-time position has taught me valuable skills, including
- Time management
- Reliability and trustworthiness
Reason for leaving:
6.Duties / Responsibilities
7.Reason for leaving
- Attach written references from your school, lecturers or employers
- Provide contact details for at least two references:
- Company or institution
- Contact number
2. Dressing For Success:
“You cannot climb the ladder of success in a costume of failure”
Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this every day, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details.
3. Acing The Interview:
Research the Company
- Know what the Company does
- Know their values, management, how long they have existed etc
- Prepare questions
- What their intern / student program covers
- Who you will be reporting to
- What are their expectations
- NB: Do not ask about salary in the first interview!
- Answer questions truthfully
- If the interviewer is impressed with you for who ou truly are, it means that you will fit in well with the company
- Remember that every interview is an opportunity to gain skills and confidence and even getting to know yourself better!
Questions to expect
- Many Companies use an interview process called Targeted Selection
- This is a way of testing important skills by asking you to give practical examples
- Think about a practical situation, what you did and what the outcome was
- Example: Tell us about a time when you had to meet two important deadlines at the same time. What did you do?
Be prepared to answer the following typical questions:
- Why would you want to work for that specific company?
- What skills / experience can you contribute?
- What sets you apart from your peers?
- What are your long-term career goals?
NB: Always thank the interviewer for the opportunity to be interviewed. (Give a firm handshake and make eye contact!)
3. Finding Your Feet In The World Of Work:
Accept your ‘Newbie’ status and the work that comes with it!
- In the beginning, you will have mundane tasks like filing, making coffee and answering telephones
- You need to show off your work ethic even if you’re stuck doing tasks you don’t like
- Revel in working hard no matter what the job is. You might be smart and clever, but you have as little work experience as all other interns.
- A solid work ethic is the main thing that’ll separate you from all the other viable candidates
- If you do basic tasks well and with a positive attitude, you will soon be given a little more responsibility
Be organised and never miss a deadline!
- One of the best things about a new job is the incredible learning experience that it provides
- Every single person you’ll work can teach you something valuable, and each of them can be a friend and mentor in your career
- Your office is full of intelligent, thoughtful, and experienced people. Get to know them. Treat them with respect. Ask them questions. Learn from them. And importantly, have fun in the process!
How to deal with criticism
- Criticism, especially when it’s coming from your boss or a coworker that you respect, can cause feelings of hurt and self-doubt
- Be humble. Remember that you are new and you are bound to make mistakes
- Professional criticism is not personal criticism. Not every supervisor or colleague will always be tactful. Keep in mind that the feedback is about your work, and not about you as a person
- View criticism as an opportunity to grow. Reflect whether the feedback is valid and how you can improve in the future
- If you’re unsure exactly what you should do better next time, don’t be afraid to ask for specifics as it is the best way to grow professionally
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
So good luck and have fun!!