Job Seeking can be one of the most frustrating exercises in your life, especially when starting out in a new industry with few networks or contacts available to you. Unfortunately, the rapid increase in the number of graduates coming out of university with excellent grades and extensive work experience makes finding the right job for you more difficult than ever… but there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting hired. So, with this in mind, here are our top 7 tips on boosting your likelihood of getting employed!
There’s Something Wrong With Your CVIf you are not getting the sort of positive feedback from job applications that you would like, then it might be the quality of your CV on whole that’s the problem, not necessarily your experience. A smart, well-designed CV can go a long way, especially when going for creative jobs in marketing and graphic design, for instance. Perhaps all you need to be successful in your job hunt is a perfect CV or resume (something which we can help you with right here!). Just remember to always keep in mind your professional image when applying for roles; employers will undoubtedly be looking for individuals that understand professional image, and the first thing they will look at is you CV design.
You’re Not Applying for the “Right” Jobs
If you lack the necessary skills/ experience needed for a job role, why are you applying for it in the first place? You are setting yourself up to be knocked down every time; what’s more, you are wasting time that could be better spent pursuing jobs that you do have the relevant skills for! Additionally, if you need to add to your skill set via work experience placements then get on it ASAP… in fact, you can start here with our job search where hundreds of internships and work experience placements are being advertised right now.
You Have an Unprofessional/ Non-existent Social Media Presence
Keeping a regularly updated social media presence is imperative when applying for jobs as potential employers will always check pages like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, to get a better impression of you as a person. As a result, it might not be a good idea to “feature” inappropriate content on these sites; faux pas like swearing, pictures of you partying and a general unprofessionalism can often result in you being passed over for another applicant.
Your Contact Info Is Unclear/ Incomplete
Incomplete contact information on application forms and CVs can damage your chances of getting hired and here’s why: First off, if the employer can’t get in touch with you then they can’t discuss furthering your application (makes sense, really). Secondly, it indicates to said employers that you can’t be “bothered” to update this crucially important information. Now what kind of company wants to hire someone with outdated contact information? No company, is the answer. Additionally, remember to change your email if it seems “inappropriate” for attaching to your job application; filling in your contact email as “xXxcUtI3P1£xXx@hotmail.com” doesn’t look fantastically professional in all fairness.
Your Looking in the Wrong Places for Job Vacancies
Great, you’re looking for vacancies on all the biggest job sites; the problem is so is everyone else, time to try something else! Getting in contact with companies directly or at least following them on social media is the easiest way of finding out about job vacancies first, and in fact many companies do not like using employment agencies, so it’s definitely worth looking further afield for your perfect job. Try and think of a unique way of attracting an employer’s attention as well; think outside of the box and present yourself as a special, professional work individual and, soon enough, those job acceptances will undoubtedly come flying in! Networking also is a great way of finding vacancies that might be normally unacceptable via the usual sites; as mentioned try getting in touch with someone working for a specific company you would like to work at, perhaps through your current colleagues and tap this useful resource when looking for more niche roles in particular.
Spelling and Grammar Mistakes
Another bad habit that might need addressing is the proliferation of bad spelling in your application; nothing spells unprofessionalism than missing some vowels out of your home address. It takes mere seconds to run a spell check or search through your CV or covering letter and considering half of all employers on average bin CVs containing spelling mistakes, it’s time worth spent if you want to get hired ASAP.
George is a 22-year-old graduate from Cardiff University, having studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where he wrote news articles and interest pieces for various student magazines. He currently lives just outside of Birmingham, playing records and DJing in his spare time.