I was going to tell you about my life and my career but I figured that would be too long, so I decided to delete it, cut the long story short and help you spot the leakages in your job application process based on my opinion.
1. Your application
2. Pre-interview activities
3. Your Interview(s)
You need to be as specific as possible and the body of your email needs to make sense and sell you. It needs to inspire me to care about the CV
If you are at entry level, utilize tables with invisible borders to crunch information like education and all. Keep it to 1 page, 2 pages at most. Put only what is relevant.
Read through your CV and email as many times as possible. Be meticulous
Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for.
Always do something. Dormant years rub on people in a not so nice way. Just find something doing, even if it’s free.
Template word CV, nothing special. It just looks like everybody’s own. That’s often boring. It takes one thing to catch people’s attention. Let your strengths reflect through your CV
You can’t be a graphic designer and send only Microsoft word CVs. You need a portfolio. Something to show your work. Ensure you send this document
Chances are you don’t have the number saved. Call back if you missed a call from a strange number or if you are having network failures. Send a text. Don’t unlook.
If you missed the call, don’t craft a lie or start giving excuses, it shows incompetence. Nobody will kill you, just call back.
Recruiters check the social media pages of their applicants. It’s possible you may have insulted the HR or a recruiter on social media. Be responsible on social media
Depending on your industry Social media can work to your advantage. If it’s fashion and your IG is highly curated or LinkedIn is informative, you may have the upper hand. This works in reverse too.
When you show up for an interview, your appearance is your first impression and you get judged by that before you even open your mouth. Look good. Don’t over do it.
If the weather is hot and you are wearing 3 pcs suit or a tight shoe or heavy makeup, chances are you’ll be uncomfortable, probably sweaty and this will affect your concentration and body language. Try to dress well but pay attention to comfort.
It is pretty difficult to concentrate as a recruiter when you are putting in all your effort to mask the discomfort you feel because of an odor emanating from a human. Please help your recruiters. Smell good. Put effort. Use tooth paste and mouth wash.
I know I said you should smell good but don’t choke people with your perfume. Chances are the person may be choking. Keep it light, sweet and clean.
In the presence of your interviewer, Before or during an interview, please, put your phone on silent. Don’t take notes with your phone (it would come across as though you’re chatting). Spit Out the gum before the interview.
Research your interviewer. If you can’t study them. People are different. Some people like you to brag, some want you humble, some like numbers, others like story or even gist. Pay attention.
Culture fit often ranks higher than skill in some private companies but generally, if your recruiter can connect with you, you’ll get the job. Be confident, sell yourself and be true to who you are
Research the company. Ask questions. Don’t go there blind. Be informed
Find a problem within the company (a smart one) and solve it. It could also be a suggestion. Eg I noticed the about us page is not opening or the company’s SEO could be better
Be nice to everyone including the gateman. You don’t know whose review could be taken into account.
You bad mouth your previous employers, team members, family members etc. You don’t need to talk out of point. Focus
Ask smart questions that concern your job roles or working conditions.
Be very smart about this one. Don’t pull off a @frankdonga_ on this one. Research industry salary range. Be smart and diplomatic. Don’t sell yourself short.
Most interviewers can smell desperation. It reeks. Be calm and confident not desperate
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