Shane's Job Seeker Blog
Help your Recruitment Consultant
Befriend a recruitment consultant, they're lovely people and they can help you get a job. Like many people, recruiter can be hard to get to know. They will smile politely but underneath it all they will be looking at you with the eyes of cold hard commercialism and their interest in you will last as far as turning you into their monthly commission cheque. This means, if you want to be their friend you need to understand what you can do to make them money and there is a lot you can do to achieve this.
Firstly, work with them. Tell them where you want to work and how they can sell you in there or the best ways to get introductions. This is all about you so think also of your new friend the recruiter, what can you do for him? If you can help him find new vacancies, new clients or new candidates I guarntee that he will be a whole lot more moticted to keep in touch with you.
Preparing for a Job Interview
Job interviews are strange. You will be asked questions you would never be asked in any other circumstance.
'Describe your strengths.'
'Tell be your greatest achievement'
For many candidates these types of questions can be very difficult to answer. With a little preparation however they can be turned into a great opportunity to sell yourself to the employer.
Think of three of your main strengths or reasons that you should get this job. For each of these strength think of two or three things that you have done that show you have these strengths. Now, should you be asked any of a wide range of open questions, simply choose one of your strengths and talk about how you can bring this strength to this new job.
The purpose of a CV is to help you get a job by presenting you in a way that will impress an employer. Your CV is therefore a sales document and should be written with the same level of thought that a company would put into designing a corporate brochure. This does not mean that a CV should be like a pushy commercial, simply, it means that it should be written with the employer in mind and everything in it should be there for the employers benefit. There are no hard and fast rules about CVs writing, in my opinion they should be concise and accurate and present the candidate in very best way to the needs of the specific employer.
Advice to Job Seekers
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Of all the job seeker advice I have heard of have given I think there is one fundamental that is critical in being a successful job seeker - SELL YOURSELF.
I actually think that most people are very good at selling themselves, its human nature. Strangely however, if asked, most people seem to play down this skill and feel uncomfortable with the idea of selling themselves almost feeling that to sell yourself is overly forward or impolite. This is not what I mean by selling. What I mean is simply to express yourself in a way that makes sense to the prospective employer, put your skills in their terms and highlight the benefit you can bring to their organization. This concept can be applied to everything you do from the way you write your CV, your interview or any other way that you present yourself to a recruiter or prospective employer.
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