Now that you have graduated, you are most likely very busy sending out your CV and looking for a job. While looking for
employment can be super stressful, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of securing your dream career.
Read the job advert carefully
Make sure that you qualify for the job you are applying for. There is no point in applying for a senior level position if you don't
have any work experience. Look for the job that is best suited for your qualifications and experience to increase your chances
Create an easy to read CV
If your CV doesn't stand out, then your employer is less likely to read it. Make sure that your CV is easy to read, include dates
of your experience and education in chronological order, and always spell check to make sure there are no grammar or spelling
Keep it short and to the point
Employers often have several CV's to read through in a day. Increase your chances of being remembered by keeping your CV
short and in line with the job advertisement requirements. No recruiter wants to read 10 or more pages of one person's CV.
Be prepared for your interview
When preparing for your interview, make sure you do lots of research about the company and the person who will be interviewing
you. The more you know, the better your chances of securing the job you want.
Use bullet points on your cover letter
Recruiters complain of long cover letters than add no value. Keep it short, about 100 words at most and use bullet points instead of
sentences to make your important points.
Give as much detail as possible in your CV to get your points across. Rather use many descriptive words to explain your experience
than not. You don't want your employer guessing what you are trying to say.
A great attitude is gold
No matter how you are feeling or what you are going through, remember to never bring any negative vibes to your interview. Rather put
on a smile and be friendly. You may not be the best candidate but you may be the better one to work with. Remember a good attitude is gold.
Include contactable references
Make sure your references are okay with you listing them as contactable on your CV. Also make sure that you can trust them to represent
you well with your future employer.
Don't lie about your experience and previous salary. Employers do credit and background checks and if they find
that you haven't been honest, they will not employ you.
Add fluff to your CV
Keep your CV suited for the particular job that you are applying for. Edit your CV with each application to make
sure it's tailored for that particular job. Also stay away from including information such as your religion and other
personal information unless otherwise asked to do so.
First impressions count, make an effort to put your best self forward. Do your hair, cut your nails and make
sure you look professional. Oh and make sure you smell good too.
Forget to breathe
Getting nervous is expected and nerves are not necessarily a bad thing. Just get your breathing under control
with deep breathing exercises to calm yourself down.
You've sent out your CV, now make sure that you always have your phone near, and are always checking
your emails in case a potential employer is trying to get a hold of you. If they call you more than once and
you don't answer your phone, they may just move on to the next candidate.
Leave a bad taste
At your interview make sure you speak positively about your previous employer and highlight the positive
aspects of your former boss. No matter if it's true or not, employers don't take positively to negative talk about
Forget to follow up
Despite what you may think, employers don't mind if you follow up on your application if they have not
done so already with you. Just make sure that you follow up after the date they mentioned to offer feedback.
You don't want to rush them to respond, but you also deserve to know whether you were successful or not if
they promised feedback but never offered any.
About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build
successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which
is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality,
accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world. Whether you study at
our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside or Durban campuses, and enrol for a degree,
diploma or higher certificate. We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.
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Written by Karabo Keepile