With the Cape Argus Cycle Tour on the horizon we thought it prudent to highlight some ways for you to get a competitive advantage when looking for that career match.
Make sure you follow up on your applications thoroughly and when possible actually make a call to the recruiter. We receive, sometimes hundreds of applications for the same positions, so if you take the time out to connect with us, we will definitely add you to the top of the list.
In my experience 9 out of 10 of the candidates who call in are the ones I put on top of the shortlist.
A little positivity goes a long way. Always put positivity into the universe. Sometimes we get a little despondent when we don’t get shortlisted and not called in for an interview but remain positive and always hope that the perfect job is indeed out there, and you will get it.
Put in a little effort when called in for an interview with the actual client/company. Do your research. Find out who you will be meeting with in the interview and where they fit into the business. Understand the role you are being put forward for. Research into the company and what they are currently capable of in the industry. Prepare as much for this interview as this first impression means everything. If you are working through an agency, make sure they assist you too and give you as much information as they can to help you ‘ace this interview.”
Be confident in your own abilities and knowledge gained thus far in your career. You have put in the time to learn your craft so make sure you portray this well when corresponding with all stakeholders in this process.
Make sure you believe in yourself enough to push back and get yourself that interview. If you have done all steps through 1 – 4 you have no reason to at least get that interview with the company. Make your potential known as well as what you will bring to the role and company, should you be successful.
Accept that you may not be successful for the role. There are always other factors at play and on paper you may be the perfect fit, but somewhere along the way, perhaps there was someone that was just that little bit of a better ‘team fit’ or ‘role qualified’ for the company. This, of course doesn’t mean you are not an exceptional candidate, but it could indeed mean you are better for the next opportunity. Good things come to those who wait!
“ Shake it off” and get back out there. The perfect role is out there waiting for you to grab it!
At the end of the day, all anyone can do is put their best version of themselves forward and push the process to get ahead of the rest!
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