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5 tips for job seekers

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Thomas STRUTH – Paradise 13, Yakushima/Japan, 1999 – Impression couleur, 159.3 x 201.5 cm


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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Tips to Read More Books This Year

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BALTHUS – Katia lisant, 1974 – Huile sur toile, 210 x 180 cm


The Canadian author Neil Pasricha presented in an article written for Harvard Business Review 8 ways to increase the number of books you read. Here they are, summarised:

  • Centralise reading in your home… and get away from the dopamine addictive provider TV is.
  • Make a public commitment… using social influence as a constructive tool.
  • Find a few trusted, curated lists… to find your way amongst the thousands of books published every month. Get inspired and inspire others.
  • Change your mindset about quitting… as this will empower you. And keep in mind the first five pages test” before you buy any book. « No pain no gain » is meaningless here.
  • Take a “news fast” and channel your reading dollars… to concentrate your budget on what is worth it and optimise your ROI.
  • Triple your churn rate. Consider your bookshelf as a living organism, add and reorganise books you love, remove the others, play with them and enjoy it. 
  • Read physical books… as this will visually support your own evolution on top of protecting you from the inevitable lapses in concentration that would occur with electronic devices… And protecting you from additional useless dopamine.
  • Reapply the 10,000 steps rule. A marathon always starts with the first millimeter. It’s the same with reading, page after page.

Rebecca Temsen from Self Development Secrets also encourage readers to increase their bookshelf turnover and to maintain a reading list. She also suggests two other tips:

  • Make your reading more social as sharing will make you grow.
  • Consider audiobooks to stimulate other senses and e-books for their convenience and the potential access they give to a larger library.

Happy reading!

PS: By the way, what is the book you you most enjoyed recently? Mine is The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.




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