E-mail your completed CV to jobs@Datafin.com.
Think carefully about your career objectives. What motivates you? What skills do you have? How do they match the company’s requirements that you hope to work for? What additional skills would you need to be eligible for your dream job?
Make sure the cover letter that accompanies your CV explains clearly what you’re interested in, e.g. location, setting, industry and type of work. It must also briefly outline your skills, background and experience.
Don’t refrain from applying for positions that seem to be out of your league. Because they involve taking a calculated risk, they often hold great growth opportunities and challenges.
Accepting contract assignments could get you placed sooner. It’s also a good way to ‘get your foot in the door’ in your company of choice. Agencies often have short- or long-term assignments available. So, keep an eye on the newspaper!
While you’re unemployed, consider doing a course to expand your skills set. This could come in handy when applying for a position that requires more than just your current skills.
To apply for any of our vacant jobs, please email your CV to us in MS Word format. Choose the applicable address on the contact us page, on our website. It’s important that you supply the following information in the subject line of your email:
This letter needs to give us a brief outline of your experience and skills, to emphasise your compatibility with the job in question. Please remember to include your current and alternative contact details as well as your location and salary requirements. Do send us your CV for our records, even if we don’t have a suitable position advertised.
Try and avoid discussing salary in the first interview, rather use this time to ‘get a foot in the door’ by letting the interviewer get to know you. However, if the interviewer broaches the subject, be honest about your current package (pay slips are required for proof of current earnings).
When asked about your salary expectations, mention that you would like a 10-20% increase on your current package. Talk in cost-to-company amounts, so that the interviewer is able to ‘compare apples with apples’. ‘Cost-to-Company’ refers to your basic salary, plus all your benefits. This includes the company’s contribution to pension, medical aid and group life cover.
Be realistic about your salary expectations. Find the line between getting what you’re worth and appearing greedy. If your agency arranged the interview, it’s preferable for them to negotiate with the company on your behalf.