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Cheat Sheet

Job Hunting and Career Change All-in-One For Dummies (UK Edition)

There’s no doubt about it – searching for and getting a job can be hard work, particularly when times are hard. This cheat sheet gives you the essential info for maximising your chances of getting that dream job.

How to Be a Successful Job Interviewee

The way in which you prepare for an interview can mean the difference between success and failure. Bear these tips in mind before and during an employment interview.

  • Research the organisation thoroughly.

  • Think about likely questions.

  • Listen carefully to the question.

  • Focus on what you can do for the employer.

  • Give examples to illustrate your assertions.

  • Talk in the first person, active tense.

  • Quantify your achievements.

  • Be aware of your own weak spots.

  • Make sure you can explain why you want to work for the organisation.

  • Prepare half a dozen questions to ask.

Demonstrating Confidence during your Job Interview

Having a high degree of confidence in yourself goes a long way towards impressing companies and interviewers. Consider how your level of confidence shows in these ways:

  • Direction and values: You know what you want, where you want to go,and what’s really important to you.

  • Motivation: You are motivated by and enjoy what you do. In fact, you’re likely to get so engrossed in what you’re doing that nothing distracts you.

  • Emotional stability: You have a calm and focused approach to how you are yourself and how you are with other people as you tackle challenges. You notice difficult emotions such as anger and anxiety, but you work with them rather than letting them overcome you.

  • A positive mind-set: You have the ability to stay optimistic and see the bright side even when you encounter setbacks. You hold a positive regard for yourself as well as other people.

  • Self-awareness: You know what you are good at, how capable you feel, and how you look and sound to others. You also acknowledge that you are a human being, and you don’t expect to be perfect.

  • Flexibility in behaviour: You adapt your behaviour according to circumstances. You can see the bigger picture as well as paying attention to details.You take other people’s views on board in making decisions.

  • Eagerness to develop: You enjoy stretching yourself, treating each day as a learning experience, rather than acting as if you are already an expert with nothing new to find out. You take your discoveries to new experiences.

  • Health and energy:You’re in touch with your body, respect it, and have a sense that your energy is flowing freely. You manage stressful situations without becoming ill.

  • A willingness to take risks: You have the ability to act in the face of uncertainty, and will put yourself on the line even when you don’t have the answers or all the skills to get things right.

  • A sense of purpose: You have an increasing sense of the coherence of the different parts of your life.You have chosen a theme or purpose for your life.

How to Enhance Your CV for Job Searching

Getting your Curriculum Vitae (CV) into its best possible shape is an essential step towards getting the job you’re looking for. Here are four suggestions as to how you might improve your CV:

  • Research, research, research to know the skills, education, and experience you need for the job you want.

  • Include a Job Objective or Skills Summary targeted to the job you want.

  • Include the correct name, title, and address of your CV recipient.

  • Proofread your CV, in addition to relying on your computer spell-checker.

Perfecting Your Delivery when Giving a Presentation

Delivering a presentation is a part of many job application processes. You can give your presentation a boost by keeping these tips in mind as you go:

  • Establish and maintain eye contact with your audience.

  • Vary the rate, pitch, and volume of your voice, as well as its tone.

  • Avoid fidgeting with your hands. But, at the same time, use your hands to gesture instead of keeping them clasped in front of you.

  • Look at your audience more than your notes. If you don’t feel comfortable looking at your audience, you need to practice your presentation a few more times until you do.

  • Avoid showing your nervousness through tics such as pacing back and forth, jingling change in your pocket, or playing with your hair.

  • Convey enthusiasm when talking – it’s contagious.

Going through a Pre-Interview Checklist

Interviews are stressful, so you could be forgiven for forgetting something important in the run-up. However, you can help yourself to feel prepared before embarking upon an interview by making sure that you:

  • Dress to impress.

  • Prepare your interview outfit the night before.

  • Plan your journey to the interview.

  • Pack copies of your CV.

  • Rehearse your key interview responses.

  • Visualise success.

  • Read the morning’s newspaper.

  • Remember to pop in a breath mint a few minutes before your interview.

Reviewing Your CV before Applying for a Job

Tell the truth. After a fair evaluation, decide whether you have a standout Curriculum Vitae (CV). Maybe you need to call in the experts for a makeover on a sorry looking eyesore? As a quick review, ask yourself these questions.

  • Have I selected the best format for my background and goals?

  • Does my CV illustrate to an employer the benefits of interviewing me – how I can handle the job, have positive work attitudes, get along well with others?

  • Does my CV stress my accomplishments and skills?

  • Does my CV contain negative information?

  • Are all my claims believable, backed up by measurable results, and true examples?

  • Does my CV have adequate keywords to allow automated searches to retrieve my CV and bring me to a searcher’s attention?

  • Is my CV inviting to read with good, clean layout and adequate white space?

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