Looking For Employment Opportunities? First Know What Mistakes Not To Make
If you are looking for employment opportunities on JobsTown.co.za, then know that there are some common mistakes that job seekers make and you should avoid. You know the basic steps: download a CV format, fill in the fields, go through preparing for an interview, and maybe buy a suit. But let’s see what mistakes can be made even when the main steps are acknowledged:
- Not applying for the proper job – Before applying, you should carefully read the requirements of the job and see if you fit within the expected profile. You might have potential for a field but the employer specifically looks for people with three years of experience behind; you might be good in the field – so good actually that you are overqualified; or maybe you think you can handle the tasks but you do not have the specific diploma that is required of you – there are fields where diplomas can go ignored if potential for the field exists, and others where this is not the case.
- Not good enough CVs – Good employment opportunities ask for well written CVs. Customize your CV for the job you are applying for: not all your past jobs and classes you have taken are relevant for the aimed position. Leave out what is not relevant and develop more on what actually is relevant. Do not just list things, show why they are important. For example, you can mention a job you have had and also say what skills of yours have helped you through it, what special achievements you have had there or what new skills you have developed there. Build a story: a short and to the point story.
- No previous research of the company that offers the job – Before going to the interview in hope for great employment opportunities, find out where you are actually going. You have seen the job requirements, but what do you know about the firm? How big is it, what are its goals, what makes it different to others in the same field? Showing that you have investigated the company means that you have a true interest in it and have not arrived at the interview by accident. Moreover, knowing the company well enough means you know how high your expectations can go where it is concerned.
- Bad networking – If you can find an insider that you can talk to, ask questions about the company and its politics or even refer you for a job, do it. Good networking is appreciated.
- Poor selling of personality – Do not take your confusions about yourself and lack of confidence with you to the interview. When you are asked, promptly and clearly say what your skills are, what your goals are, what your strengths and weaknesses are or anything else about yourself that you might be asked. If you cannot talk about yourself, how can a recruiter know that you are suitable for the job?
Remember, there are good employment opportunities out there, but you not only have to be prepared for them, but show that you are prepared and skilled for the job.