How to get a job
Getting a job in the current economic climate is not easy. There are far less jobs available than job seekers, so you need to stand out above the rest as much as possible if you are to land the job you want. If you are looking for work, you have to be pro-active. Looking in the jobs section of the newspaper and scouring Internet job sites are both essential activities, but you also need to get out and do some cold calling. Treat looking for work as a full time job. Plan each day's activities and work to your plan.
The first day of job hunting should be spent on writing your Curriculum Vitae - This is such an important task that we have dedicated another article to it - see: How to write a CV
When you are happy with your CV you can start looking for a Vacancy. Begin with the jobs section of your local newspaper. To get a job advertised in the press you will usually have to apply by post. This means writing a covering letter with your CV. The letter should be short and to the point, and should give the reader just enough information to make him/her want to read your CV. Employers are busy people and they will not want lengthy covering letters or CVs.
The first part of your letter should state clearly the title of the job you are applying for and the name of the publication you found it advertised in. The next paragraph should briefly say why you should be considered for the post. Use language that matches wording in the advertisement. For example, if the advertisement says - the ideal candidate will have tyre fitting experience - you should say something like: "You will see from the enclosed CV that I have 10 years tyre fitting experience." The last paragraph should let the employer know that you are keen to get an interview. e.g: "If you agree that I may be suitable for the position I look forward to hearing from you with a date and time that we can meet to discuss this further." Remember: The function of the letter and the CV is not to get a job, it is to get an interview.
Other Job Sources
This is where you need to get out and do some pavement pounding. Did you know that out of every 100 people starting anew job today, only 40 of those jobs were advertised? Yes, 60% of people starting a new job did not respond to an advertisement. Advertising for new employees is expensive and takes time, so employers will look first to people they already know about. HR departments have files of people who have applied for jobs in the past, or they may ask current employees if they know someone they could consider, or they may approach someone working for a competitor. You need to visit as many companies as possible and ask the question: "Are there any vacancies at the moment?" If the answer is no, then ask: "Can I leave you with a copy of my CV in case a vacancy arises?" They will never say no to that one and your details will be filed for consideration at a later date. You never know, someone could leave them the very next day, and who do you think they will call first? Yes, you!
Keep a record of all jobs you have applied for and all places you have left a CV. Follow up by phone on advertised jobs five days after the closing date for applications and follow up cold calls once a fortnight with a quick call to remind them of who you are and that you are still in the market for work. Keep answering job adverts, keep cold calling, and you will see that this is how to get a job interview. Stage 2 How to answer interview questions