Tips on How to Win a Job
In a tough job market many job seekers face one or more barriers to finding employment in their careers. The truth is that they don’t always know how to prepare themselves properly for job hunting. On this page, we would like to share with you some important tips to follow when applying for jobs. You will learn how to write a competitive CV and how to succeed at your next job interview.
You need to stand out if you want to get on the short list. So, you need to create a curriculum vitae that will attract hiring managers and recruiters. Amret’s recruitment team would like to share six top tips for writing an impressive curriculum vitae.
Use a wide margin, clean type with no colors and clear headings
Avoid bold and italic type, except for titles
Summarize key qualifications, accomplishments and experiences in bullet points
A great personal statement will attract the recruiter’s attention immediately
Start with a summary of your career goals and ambitions
Make sure that your personal statement has structure and that it makes sense
Focus on professional work experience related to the job you are applying for
Include positions held, work experience and main responsibilities
Make sure your CV addresses specific selection criteria for the job
Clear evidence of your academic record, training and skills will enable you to convince the recruiter to put your application on the short list
List your educational and vocational qualifications, academic transcripts, school awards, public events, training, and voluntary work
Highlight your most meaningful achievements
Describe your accomplishments and work experiences, focusing on what you did
Make sure grammar, spelling and punctuation are correct and formatting is uniform
Write concisely avoiding technical words, jargon and long sentences
Your best references will be people who know you and have worked with you, especially line managers
Provide the names and contact details of at least three referees who can attest to your work ethic, character and job skills
Download CV template here
Your job application was successful and you’ve landed an interview. Whether you get a job offer now depends on how you sell yourself during the interview. Even if your experience, knowledge and skills match the job outline, you will be evaluated for attitude, team and culture fit. You need to prepare thoroughly for every job interview. Here are seven tips for interview success.
1. Good preparation
Read your CV and the job announcement just before the interview so that you can tailor your responses during the interview to the main job responsibilities, working conditions and company culture. Look at the company website and read up on its mission, vision and values, current activities and future directions.
2. Pre interview
Before the interview it’s a good idea to go over practice interview questions at home – questions designed to test your knowledge, experience and skills. You can expect to have to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses, and to state why you should be offered the job.
3. First impressions
Greet your interviewer with a smile, make eye contact and try to make small talk during the walk from the door to your seat. It’s important to wear professional business dress such as a suit or dress and jacket for women, and a suit, white shirt and tie for men.
4. Body language
Non-verbal communication though your body language, especially your reactions, during interview speaks volumes. Closed body language – crossing your arms and legs, leaning back or turning sideways, fidgeting and avoiding eye contact – gives off negative signals and could spoil your chances of a job offer. Open body language – sitting upright, uncrossing your arms and legs, facing your heart to the interviewer, making regular eye contact and leaning forwards when making a point – signals confidence and self-assurance.
5. Eliminate the fear
It would be great to be able to answer interview questions properly without fear. Remember that the interview is a two-way discussion about a new job, especially it is going well when you are not afraid and feel something bad, then the answers you respond will be useful and catch up well for recruiters to evaluate how good you are just before selection.
Remaining positive, calm and even tempered during your interview is crucial as the hiring manager and recruiters will be assessing what it would be like working with you. They will ask you tough questions to test your temperament and find out if you respond positively to stress, enjoy challenges and can adapt to new things well.
7. Good manners
Show the interviewer that you are interested in the company, the job and interview discussion. Most notably, ask for a business card and send a “thank you” email or letter saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. That way you can show how good you are at communicating and working with colleagues.