Marissa gives This Is It! her five top tips for job hunters. If you’re interested in writing for ThisIsIt! drop Izzy an email to get involved.
I must say the process of looking for the right position for me hasn’t been an easy one but with the advice of my colleagues and the tips below, it’s proving to be less difficult than I thought it would be.
In the past few weeks after completing my apprenticeship, looking for a job has been my main priority; my apprenticeship has given me an amazing opportunity to learn new skills as well as showcasing the ones I already had in a professional environment. I must say the process of looking for the right position for me hasn’t been an easy one but with the advice of my colleagues and the tips below, it’s proving to be less difficult than I thought it would be.
- Read the Job description carefully before you apply: It may seem obvious but sometimes in haste, you might skim over some important points. Most job applications will ask you to specify why you feel that you’re the right person for the job; this will help you tailor your response to the job description.
- Take some time to really think about why it is you want this job so that you can give an honest and thoughtful response to the questions asked. You may also want to draft a few responses before choosing the right one.
- If you’re applying for a job at a company that you’re unfamiliar with, it would be helpful to do some research into the company. This will benefit you in two ways; the first is in the application itself you can be as specific as possible in your responses to the questions asked in the application form. This knowledge will also help you if you make it to the interview stages.
- Keep track of all of the applications you’ve made and their deadlines. Chances are you have applied for more than one job so it’s best to keep track of all of the applications you’ve submitted.
- Don’t be afraid to follow up and check in on your application. Some places have measures in place to help you track the progress of your application so you know how things are going. Some companies will be unable to do this due to the high volume of applications in which case if they haven’t contacted you in a specific timeframe you should assume you haven’t been successful.
Bonus: I would also advise that you keep yourself busy brushing up on old skills and maybe even working on new ones. I myself have signed up for volunteering; which will boost your CV while you’re looking for a job.
I’d like to think that looking for opportunities aren’t as difficult as they used to be. In recent years I’ve seen a rise in the resources in which people can use to find a job, there are even industry specific websites and online resources available making it easier than before for you to find your desired job in an industry that is right for you, so keep looking and good luck!
Marissa Anthony recently completed an NVQ Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship; inher spare time she enjoys writing and amateur photography; she is currently working on her ownstyle blog as a hobby.