Looking for jobs? Read this article.
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Whether you are a fresh graduate eager to start your career or an experienced professional seeking a change in your job, you need to start at the same point, and that is to create a killer profile that will sell you on paper to land one interview after the other to increase your chances in finding your dream job.
Internet and social media have made things easier for job seekers to find and apply to vacancies that match their criteria, and it doesn’t have to be a specialised job site for the seeker to find good opportunities. For example; online classifieds are becoming a strong competitor in the recruitment field because they are simple to use and mostly free, so don’t be surprised to find your dream job on a classifieds website.
With all the sources available online to give you tips on what makes a great resume or how to dress to impress in your interviews, it can get confusing and distracting, so what do you really need to know to make this as easy and efficient as possible?
Here are the 3 things that you must remember before applying for jobs:
1. Create a resume that stands out:
This is only the first step in the journey of finding your path, and you would be lucky if you can do something that you are passionate about, so this should be the first thing that you need to think about; what are you passionate about? What are your strengths? What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? Remember that the better you know who you are and what you are capable of, the more likely you will end up doing something that is satisfactory and fulfilling.
It is very important for you to understand that HR Managers do not read your resume word for word, in fact; they learn with experience to pick keywords that are related to the vacancy they are looking to fill and that is why it is crucial for you to tailor your resume according to the vacancy. In other words; it is smart to customise and revise the resume before you submit it to each vacancy and to insert these keywords that the hiring manager is looking for, which leads to the next important step in your job search which is …
2. Research your vacancy, company,industry:
It is not enough that you think you are suitable for the job, what is more important is for the hiring manager to feel and believe that you have potential just by looking at your resume, so before you click send, make sure that you do enough research about the company and the vacancy. You will need customise your CV depending on the requirements and no CV should be sent out without customising. Same thing is true for Cover Letter.
Once you have enough information, make sure you highlight your strengths that would make you the best candidate for the job and then submit your application.
3. Incorporate Professional Communication:
It is important to remember that there is actually someone behind the screen reading the message that you send via your job application, so make it simple and to the point. Remember to send a clear message that is not forwarded from a previous application and always address the receiver of the email with courtesy and hopefully you will get short listed.
Don’t forget to spell check your resume, application and email before you send it through because a simple mistake can kill your chances in getting that extra step towards finding a good opportunity.
Now that you know the basics, start your job search online by visiting websites like Opensooq and submit your application to the jobs that stand out to you and hopefully you will stand out among all other applicants if you remembered the simple tips listed here; good luck!
A Walkthrough on how to submit your Job ad at Opensooq.com
Submitting your job seeker ad is very easy with Opensooq.com
On the homepage of Opensooq, click on Post a FREE Ad widget as shown in the picture below:
In the next page, select the Job Seekers option:
Once you have done that, you will be presented with a screen where you will need to enter your details and information with regard to your job requirement:
Few tips here:
- Try to be as descriptive in your Headline. For Ex, if you are an Engineer, mention, “Mechanical Engineer with 8 years of experience within the Oil and Gas industries, Valve and Pressure units” or something similar. Trick is to be as descriptive as you can with limited words. Include keywords related to your job industry;
- In the next bigger column, you could provide your CV (Copy and Paste). Do not copy and paste the entire CV. Again make efforts to provide relevant information;
- Upload the image that you would use in your LinkedIn profile. Make it look professional;
- Under the contact information, enter your Name, Email and mobile number where interested people could reach you.
Once you have done this, you are good to go.
Again the plan here is to be present in all the job sites, classified sites where you can. Again be relevant and provide robust information about you and your work experience.