- By Check-a-Salary
- Posted Wednesday 24
th March 2021
Life is particularly difficult for young professionals. Once you get into the field and gain enough experience, things become much easier for you. By then, you have a good network of people in the same field, and you know enough about the industry to get yourself a job.
On the other hand, young professionals don’t even know what they want. They only know that they need a job and they usually fail at it.
Here I’ve shared some tips that will help you avoid the most common mistakes your professionals make and find a job quickly.
Choose Just One Field
Don’t make a generic CV and say you would do anything that needs to be done. Don’t apply for any vacant position; instead, choose one field that you want to work in.
It’s understandable that you want to keep more opportunities open, so you can find a job faster. However, that’s not how professional life works. They see your CV and understand that there is a man or woman that doesn’t know what he wants.
If you have a generic CV, it shows that you have no skills at all. Choose one field and make a career in it. Apply only to relevant jobs and make sure the employers know that this is the job you would love to do.
Choosing a career is also not an easy job. You should do some exploration and see the things that attract you. Don’t go for something that is paying high or has more jobs.
The career you choose usually sticks for life, and you will have to do it for the rest of your life. You can’t keep doing something you don’t like every day.
Learn Basic Practical Skills
Once you have chosen a field, get to learning it. Even if you have studied that field in school or college, you probably don’t have what a professional needs.
This means you have to learn practical skills. Professional life is different from what you are taught in school. You should see what things you can learn within your chosen domain and study online courses and books to master them.
Make a List of All Companies in Your City
Do some research on the internet and make a list of all companies in the city that could use your skills.
For example, if you want to be a graphics designer, you should know how many companies are doing the work that requires a graphic designer.
I should also tell you that your priority should be to go to a place that only masters in your one domain. It means that a company that is doing graphics designing as its primary service.
Study the Job Description
Before you apply for the job, you should study the description carefully. You should if that's a job where you should be applying.
Don’t just click apply because its title is similar to your field.
See what they are expecting from you. You would want to go for jobs that have the most to teach. Some use a relevant job title, but they need someone to do a little different work for them.
Write an Outstanding CV
Good companies receive a lot of job applications and CVs for every vacant position. An HR assistant usually goes through all those CVs and shortlists the best of them.
These shortlisted people are called for tests and interviews.
You want to make sure that they call you for the test and interview by creating an outstanding CV.
It doesn’t mean that you should just hire a graphics designer. It means you should add content that would catch their attention and make them think that you are perfect for the job.
Tailor the CV According to the Job Description
Once you have studied the job description and you have designed a good CV, you will be in a much better position to get hired.
One more thing you need is alteration of the CV according to the job description.
You should identify the main keywords in the job description and mention them in your CV. For example, if they want someone who has worked on Trello Board. You should mention in your CV that you have experience working with Trello, and then go learn it.
Know What to Write in Email with CV
Before they even download your CV, they read your email.
If you are applying through a job portal like Indeed, then just the CV would be enough unless they have asked for a cover letter.
However, you send them an email when you are applying after seeing an ad or through a reference.
This means they would have received a lot of emails to apply for the vacant post. You should write a great email that impresses the employer and attach your CV with it.
Many employers shortlist CVs when reading the email. If they don’t think you have the professional manners of writing an email, they won’t even bother downloading your CV.
Study Professional Cultures
You should know how the corporate culture works: how they select people and how they promote them.
When they are hiring someone, they think if he has a career in this company. If they feel like you are just here temporarily, they will prefer not to hire you no matter how skilled you are. They will have to hire a new person when you leave, which costs them money and time.
You should learn these things about how companies operate, so you can change yourself according to them.
Do Research on the Company
It’s very important that you learn about the company where you are applying for the job. This will tell you if it’s worth the effort to get a job there.
For example, if you see a company that keeps changing its name or has a bad repute in the industry, you would want to steer clear of it.
Besides, having knowledge of the company is a great point for you in the interview.
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