Job hunting? How to increase your chances of success

Job hunting? How to increase your chances of success

If you are job hunting in 2022 then now is the time to make sure you stand out. 

One of the best times to look for a job is at the beginning of a New Year. Employers are often looking for the right people to join their teams at the start of a year. There are new goals, fresh vision and a workforce that is ready to go. It’s a great time to set your job hunting journey in motion if you are finished studying and ready to make an impact. 

You may be thinking that it’s simple, all you need to do is look for open positions and apply. This may be true but you also need to make sure you’ve covered all the bases. Take a look at how you can increase your chances of success below. 

Know what you’re job hunting for

Avoid a 'shotgun approach' to job hunting. This means that instead of firing off your CV to an array of different jobs and hoping something sticks, hone in on your skills and interests and look for the specific jobs that stand out to you. It’s important for you to be clear with yourself when it comes to what kind of job you’re looking for. What sorts of skills does the job require and how can you add value with what you have in your toolbox? Where a shotgun approach would fire at anything and everything, we encourage you to aim before you fire. Get to know the company and the roles you’re applying for and be intentional about the process.

Improve your CV

Make sure your CV is up to date and holds the correct detail and information for the types of jobs you’re applying for. It’s no good framing your CV around a particular skill and experience when that’s not one of the requirements of the role you’re applying for. Sharpen your CV and exclude irrelevant information. A great way to show your skills in action is to provide examples of how you have added value to a project or company and gained positive quantitative results. 

You may also need to refine your references and make sure their details are current. Don’t include references that hold no authority in your work. Look for references that would be able to vouch for your character, work ethic, commitment and the skills you’ve shown in the past.

Apply for jobs with confidence

The best way to apply for jobs with confidence is to be prepared. Make sure you research the types of companies you’d like to work for. If you can get to know their values and services it will be easy for you to see whether or not you’ll be a good fit for what they are looking for. When you know your own career goals and plan ahead you’ll find that applying with confidence is actually second nature.

Interview techniques 101

When you get called in for an interview, whether in person or online, be sure to look the part. Wear appropriate clothing, make sure your hair is tidy and that you smell good. Speak with confidence and do your research on the company and role before you enter the room, or virtual room. 

RecruitAGraduate Tip: Take the time to really hone in on the value you would be able to bring to the company. Employers are looking for someone who shows initiative and is motivated. 

Short courses and furthering your skills and education

When looking for a job, it can be extremely beneficial to have a list of completed short courses in your portfolio. It shows potential employers that you have a grasp on the latest skills and knowledge in your field. It can also prove to them that you’re interested in learning, good at time management and have a ‘can-do’ attitude. 

Look for a job at RecruitAGraduate

At RecruitAGraduate we understand that graduates are skilled, full of knowledge and ready to take on the world. However, finding the right job that compensates you fairly, and is in line with your chosen career path can be a challenge. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying and applying. Take a look at our graduate jobs and apply today.

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