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A Positive Approach

Looking for a new job is not dissimilar to looking for a life’s partner. You’ll only be able to handle one, so it’s important that it should be the right one for you.

If you are to be successful, it is very important to adopt a positive approach to every aspect of your job search.  Remember that your CV is the most important tool to introduce you to prospective employers, and it will need to establish what you have to offer.  Your CV needs to be accurate and truthful, and presented in a user friendly format. It is not an autobiography so don’t include too much detail, stick to what is relevant to the job application.  Typically around 200 applications are being received for each job advertised, so that gives an idea of how many CV’s will need to be considered.  It is inevitable that the reader will only have a very short time (usually no more than 30 seconds) for an initial appraisal of each application.

When you’ve finished writing your CV do a role play. Imagine that you are the prospective employer – you know nothing about this person – how much relevant information can you pick up from the CV in the first 30 seconds?  By doing this test you should get an idea of whether your CV is good enough.  If you have given it your best shot and yet you still know that really your CV fails this 30 second test, then seek professional help.

Your next step could be to submit your CV for our free CV assessment so that we can tell you where you are going wrong, but the best solution may well be a professionally written CV.  If writing a CV is not one of your skills, that’s not surprising, because your skills lie elsewhere. We can write your CV for you, saving you hours of work and making a dramatic difference to your chances of success in the jobs market.

Once you have an effective CV, this will give you the confidence to find job vacancies that are appropriate to your skill set.  It is very important to be selective about the jobs you that you apply for, don’t ever apply for a job that you wouldn’t want anyway. Chances are they won’t want you either, so that will be a negative experience which you need to avoid.

Go through your CV and compare it with the person and job specifications for the applications you intend to make. You don’t need loads of different CVs but it is often a good idea to tweak the detail to make sure that you are ‘ticking the relevant boxes’ for individual job applications. As long as you are applying for the right jobs and making sure that you are demonstrating clearly what you have to offer, it stands to reason that you’ll have a much better of chance of success.

Nevertheless, it can be very disheartening if you get as far as the job interview, give it your best shot, and still don’t get the job.   But even this can be viewed from a positive angle.

You managed to ‘jump the first hurdle’ by getting the interview so that’s positive.  But you can’t possibly know exactly what the employer was looking for.  Even though you have all the right qualifications, success or failure at interview may well depend upon other factors that you are not aware of.  The employers will understand the type of person they need to fit in with their team.  If they think you are not the best person for the job then give them the benefit of the doubt.  Don’t feel rejected, but take the attitude that they are probably right and you wouldn’t have enjoyed the job anyway.

If there is only have one vacancy then it’s obvious that the employers have to choose between the candidates.  If I were to offer you both an apple and an orange and ask you to choose one, you would be in the same position, you simply can’t have both and it doesn’t mean that you despise the one you don’t choose. On this occasion if they didn’t choose you, just put it down to experience and remember that it has given you an opportunity to improve your interview skills.

Although it may take a very long time to find just the right job, be confident that it will come along.  I had a friend who was still single at the age of 28, and she hadn’t even had a serious boyfriend.  What she told me was that she believed it was no use messing with ‘Mr Wrong’ because if she did, she might not be available when ‘Mr Right’ came along.  Sure enough, she’s now in an extremely happy long-term partnership.

It seems to me that this attitude can equally well apply to careers. Don’t panic and accept just anything, because if you are in an unsatisfactory job that is taking up all y our time and could mean that you’re not available when the right one comes along.

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