// 6 Ways to Improve your Job Hunting Success
by Career Interactive, 13th September 2015
You may be at University at this present time studying for your exams, but you will want to start thinking of the future and what direction that you want to go regarding your career path.
There are a number of things that you will need to do to give yourself the very best chance of success and secure the job role of your dreams.
The UK job market is very competitive and many vacant positions get hundreds of applicants so it is important to stand out from the crowd and be noticed.
In this report we aim to give you some instructions of how to prepare so you go into the job hunting process full of confidence and have the knowledge of what to do and what not to do.
Here are some bullet points to get you thinking and preparing the right way.
It is important to know what job that you want to do and if you have the right qualifications for it. You will also need to check the visa requirements for the job which you can do here. There are over 25,000 companies which sponsor in the UK, bear in mind 70% + will be companies with fewer than 10 employees.
Try not to use a scatter shot approach. This means applying for any job, anywhere, whatever the role or location. This is likely to leave you feeling frustrated and you will lose confidence. Remember your CV and Cover Letter should be tailored individually to each job, so add the key skills that you think are relevant to the role and provide a solution for the company’s problems.
Being prepared is the key to achieving success. You should go over your CV and make sure everything is formatted correctly and add your education, relevant work experience and any extra activities that you enjoy away from your studies. You will need to think about the key skills that you have that will match the job role that you are applying for.
The same is also true for the company that you are applying for, the job and the interview. You can find out more about preparation by requesting our free report.
If you are having a face to face interview be sure to dress smart in a business manner and prepare your clothing beforehand.
You will need to research the company that you are applying to in real depth and know their history products and services. You will
be asked during an interview why you have chosen to apply for a role with them so know as much as you can. You may want to look at any problems that they are currently facing or how you can save or make them more money.
You should improve your commercial awareness and keep up to date with all current Business news. You can research a company by creating a Google alert so you can get all of the latest information delivered to your inbox. It is also advisable to read the company’s annual financial and quarterly reports. By fully preparing you will be confident in what you are talking about and this will help your audience have confidence in you.
The amount of practise that you put in will reflect on how well you do. Remember to have good manners and be friendly, smile and be confident with your body language. For some useful body language tips you can watch this video. You will need to communicate at a nice even pace and not speak to quietly or to loud, practise talking out loud in front of a friend or even on your own to build confidence. Start to think of you unique selling points and what would make you the ideal person for the company. Everyone is different so think about what the employer needs and how you can solve their problems.
Speaking English is vital so you can communicate with fellow workers and clients. Practising daily will help you to become fluent and the more hours of practise you put in the easier it will become. Speaking to native English people on a regular basis will help you speed up fluency. Watch English Television and listen to radio programmes, the UK has many accents and after a while you will begin to recognise these and start matching them to different parts of the country.
You will need to know and stick to deadlines that have been set, whether it is what date that your CV should be submitted or the time of a telephone interview. Be sure to be punctual and on time for a face to face appointment. Lateness will most likely get you rejected so this is very important. It would be wise to learn about the person that would be interviewing you and learn to pronounce their name correctly.