The easy way to find a job and get hired
Have you ever been in the situation when you are looking for a job and you send your CV to a million places but you get no response? Recently I was invited to give a speech to a class of undergraduates at a local university. The aim was helping students to find a job. Working with job vacancies from all industries and sectors on a daily basis, and after having actually gone through tons of CVs when hiring for my company, I quickly came up with some thoughts I wanted to share.
The first topic is your CV. Of course, your CV has to be up to date. But there is another important factor which might significantly increase your chances of getting an interview: the file name.
Remember that although people might be looking for whatever fits, companies will be looking for a specific
Research. There are two parts to the research when it comes to getting a job.
Part I: research the sector you want to work in. It doesn`t matter if you are an accountant, a developer, a marketer, in HR, a lawyer, etc, the one thing you really have to accept is: different industries have different requirements. An accountant in the oil and gas industry will have
It is important to differentiate between the skills which are nice to have and those which are absolutely essential for the given employer. It is almost impossible to exactly fit 100% of the description of any job. The rule of thumb here would be to look at the skill(s) they ask for and answer these questions:
- Do I know how to do it?
- How good am I in this skill? Can I improve quickly?
Check the mini quiz bellow
If you feel that your fit is at least 70%, you can apply.
If you feel that whatever you do and even if you do your best to learn the skill, you would still not be good for it, that job is not for you.
One of the easiest ways to carry out such research is to go to a few job boards and use the advanced filters there. Then go through the jobs you have found and analyse those in Excel or
Another good way is to go through a recruiter specialising in the sector you are interested in. Recruiters are usually very good at being informed about what is “in” and exactly what companies within specific niches are looking for. They use solutions like Vacancy Tracker and Reports to keep up to date with rapidly moving markets and to stay current about the skills which companies demand.
Author: Larysa Chaplin
Director of Marketing & Innovation