With the current jobs market characterised by an oversaturation of candidates, finding ways to stand out when seeking employment is a priority. Not only do you need to make sure that your applications and CVs present you in the best possible light but you also need to develop a strong interview technique which will improve your chances of obtaining a position.
Whilst there are no hard and fast rules for this, there are a few tips and tricks which you can take on board in order to improve your chances of achieving success when seeking employment. Targeting relevant industries and identifying the key skills which are being sought in your chosen field is always recommended and can help you present yourself as the best possible candidate for the job.
The first thing which you need to do is make sure that you are targeting the right services when looking for jobs. Whether it is restaurant recruitment or retail work which you are interested in, there will be plenty of websites which cater specifically to these areas and looking for jobs here is an easy way to make sure you don’t waste time looking at job listings for unsuitable positions.
Unfortunately, simply targeting your job search to appropriate services is not enough to land a position – although it is a good start. What you need to do after this is make sure that your application is as strong as possible, and that means identifying what skills are needed before prioritising them.
News reports from October 2012 detailed how 45 job vacancies at a new restaurant in Nottingham received more than 700 applications, emphasising how important it is for prospective employees to present themselves in the best light when applying for jobs.
Recruitment processes can involve various stages but you can almost guarantee that you will be asked to provide a CV and attend an interview (providing your CV is up to scratch). With the first of these stages, it is important that you keep information streamlined and easy to read.
Avoid lengthy paragraphs which will be hard to digest in favour of more concise bullet pointed lists and short explanations. Remember that your CV is designed to give employers a rough impression of your character and outline your qualifications, giving you the chance to expand on this fully if called to interview.
When attending an interview, always dress appropriately and make sure that you have researched the company thoroughly before arriving. It is not uncommon for employers to ask you what you know about them and you want to show you are keen to become a member of their organisation.
Whilst there are plenty of interview techniques which you can practice, you can never be entirely sure of what you will be asked to do. Some jobs will stick with formal structures which simply ask you a series of questions whilst others may require you to take part in role play exercises and other physical activities. Whilst you may be nervous about these it is important that you show willing and attempt them as failure to do so will be an automatic mark against your name.