Applying for a new job is scary!
You’re on the brink of going somewhere new, meeting new people and hopefully getting paid more for doing it.
If you don’t get the job, it can be heartbreaking, you have to go through the whole process again.
However, if you focus and prepare, you can boost your chances of getting that job that you want.
Experience matters when you’re applying for a job. Without previous experience, an employer will have to take time out to train you, which is a drain on the company’s time, money and resources. The less time your employer can spend training you, the more in demand you are!
Experience matters, because you’re going to be useful straight away. This is why you should only, really, be applying for jobs that you are experienced in.
There are, of course, some jobs that require no experience but a lot of the better-paid jobs demand it.
So, what if you haven’t got any?
Well, depending on what area of work you are going into, you can go on an experience course, which will give you a few weeks worth of experience doing something you want to get into, meaning that you stand more of a chance of getting the job.
Qualification goes hand-in-hand with experience. Experience is of little use without a qualification, but a qualification is little use without experience, so you need to have both of them.
But what does a qualification actually communicate to an employer?
Well, firstly, it shows that you understand how to get the job done. If you have, say, a teaching license and the relevant degree to teach in your field, it shows that you understand the subject from a technical and a practical point of view and hence get the job done to the highest standard.
Secondly, it demonstrates that you’ve maintained a hunger for education and are proactive.
Depending on the circumstances and professions, if an employer had to choose between an employee, who had an experience and someone who had both an experience and qualification, many would choose the latter.
Pursuing qualifications and certifications can, hence, set you apart from other candidates.
Resume is what’s going to get you shortlisted (or not), it’s employer’s first impression of you, so it’s important to get it perfect.
If you’re interested, for example, in nursing, you might want to read this guide on the top 5 resume tips for nurses.
I’ve read through many CV-writing-tips in my life, and I found that there is one thing that all excellent CVs have in common, no matter the industry – they are concise!
Nobody wants to read long resumes, that have a lot of generic words, repetitive concepts and utter nonsense.Try to streamline your CV to make sure that the latter doesn’t happen to you.
Be short and to the point: put your best experience and qualifications at the front of the page, so that your potential employer gets an idea of who you are straight away!
It’s the most risky part of getting a new job, so prepare, prepare, prepare.
Your potential employers have never met you before, so you have to make the right first impression and you only get one shot at it!
Make sure you are appropriately dressed. People will judge you on what you’re wearing. When in doubt, it’s better to look conservative than flashy. Conservative doesn’t have to be boring, you can always add a hint of personality to your outfit, as long as it’s not too revealing, bright or tight.
During the interview, be prepared to recite your whole resume. Interviewers are bound to ask questions about your previous experience, so if you can’t remember or struggle to articulate what exactly did you do at any given job, it will reflect badly.
But it’s not only only what you are saying, but HOW you are saying it, that gets you forward. Rushing your words makes you mumble, and mumbling makes you look hesitant. Try to use pauses and emphasise key words in your speech – speaking in the same tone, can make you sound bored.
Leave any slang words, niche humour and parasite words like “like”, “umm”, “you know…” out of your vocabulary. By being polite, clear and upbeat, you make yourself easily understandable and ultimately likeable.
Keep all the above in mind when applying for a new job.
Firstly, make sure you have the right experience and (preferably) the qualification to go with it!
Then, tidy up your resume by making it short and snappy with the most important information at the front.
When invited for an interview, go through your CV and be prepared to get into detail about all the what’s, why’s and how’s of your previous work or gained experience.
And finally, pull it all together with a sharp look and polite manner. Good luck!
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