Saturday 4 August 2012

A Job Seeker's Guide To Employment

Since its inception in 2007, Muovo has seen a rapid change in the employment market. A number of good candidates can spend several months looking for work, and sometimes to no avail.

The following points should help you secure a position in the job you desire.

What every candidate should start off with is the designing of a succinct, professional CV. Make sure that you highlight and accentuate all your key skills and relevant experiences, showing your interviewer and potential employer that you have already set off a career path for yourself and is focused and determined to achieve it. This being said, it does not mean that you are doomed if you do not have a career objective you want to achieve or a specific path you want to follow. However, it is good to show that you are strong-willed and focused, rather than a generalist who is open for all options that come his or her way.

This is why you should tailor your CV to different jobs. It helps if you have two or three versions of your CV to suit specific roles. Make sure that you demonstrate the key skills relevant to the job you are applying for, without - and this is very important - ever lying on your CV.

In fact, you should never lie on your CV. A skilled interviewer will instantly spot and fill in incongruousness or holes in your CV. As for the references, a lot of companies are actually checking up on referees if not employing specialist firms to carry out in depth examinations on their behalf. This can range from your ID number, National Insurance number, to experiences, academic records and so on.

After abstaining from lying on your CV, what should you do next? The answer is simple: Keep networking. Muovo has written a number of articles related to networking and building connections with new people (See below). Every industry should enable its employees and employers to interact with one another and meet new people within the industry or a related field. Try to keep in touch with ex-colleagues and recruiters who will be more eager to search up your name whenever a post that might interest you comes along.

Also, do not send your CV everywhere. If you have sent your CV to multiple recruiting agencies, insist that they always request your permission prior to submitting it to anyone. Keep track of whom you have already sent your CV to. Unfortunately, a number of good CVs end up being deleted after they are received from several different sources, given that neither the recruiter, nor the client wants to fight over who has received the CV first.

All in all, don't let a bad recruiting experience stain you forever!  Keep calm, remain optimistic and patient, and make the most of your key skills.

Related articles from this blog:
Networking - A Key to Developing Yourself Professionally

(and really all the other articles in this blog!)

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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