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5 tips for job seekers

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Here are five easy tips to follow when applying to a job.

They come from a survey carried out by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder amongst 3,244 full-time workers in the US private sector which highlighted common mistakes done by job seekers.

  • Customise your CV, talking the language of recruiters
    54% of job seekers don’t customise their resume for each employer – Employers can spot all-purpose resumes from a mile away. Tailor your resume to match the job description by inserting key words used in the job posting that match your experience. Not only will this catch the eye of the hiring manager, but it can move your resume to the top of the pile if an automated tracking system is scanning resumes for potential candidates.
  • Find out who is the behind the offer
    84% of job seekers don’t find out the hiring manager’s name and personalize the application – Applying directly to the hiring managers increases your chances of getting noticed and shows you’ve gone that extra step and invested time in getting to know the company.
  • See the cover letter as a real way to sell yourself
    45% of job seekers don’t include a cover letter with their resume – Cover letters allow a candidate the opportunity to sell themselves beyond the typical listing of work experience and skills in a resume. Use a cover letter to introduce yourself and showcase your credentials in a relatable way.
  • Follow-up to show your interest
    37% of job seekers don’t follow up with an employer after they applied – Recruiters can sometimes be overwhelmed by candidate applications for certain open jobs. Circling back with a recruiter or hiring manager after submitting a cover letter and resume can help job seekers standout among the competition.
  • Send a thank you note after the interview
    57% of job seekers don’t send thank-you notes after an interview – This can be one of the most important steps in a candidate’s pre-hire journey as it enables you to reiterate why you’re the best fit for the job. Most recruiters and hiring managers expect a thank-you note in some form or another (email or handwritten), so neglecting this action will make you stick out like a sore thumb. Thank-you notes should be sent after phone screening calls, as well.




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Essential behavioral interview questions HR specialists may ask you…

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LinkedIn Talent Solutions developed a very useful guide for HR interviewers to screen candidates in terms of soft skills… Why not using this list to get prepared?

These are the most popular questions:

  • Adaptability: Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something you had never done before. How did you react? What did you learn?
  • Culture fit: What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?
  • Collaboration: Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person?
  • Leadership: Tell me about the last time something significant didn’t go according to plan at work. What was your role? What was the outcome?
  • Growth potential: Recall a time when your manager was unavailable when a problem arose. How did you handle the situation? With whom did you consult?
  • Prioritisation: Tell me about a time when you had to juggle several projects at the same time. How did you organize your time? What was the result?

Click here to download the full document including 30+ questions.


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