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Jobs and How to Find One

Updated on October 15, 2013

Job Search and your credentials

Looking for a job can be a tedious and stressful time if you do not know what you are looking for. In these financially difficult times, jobs are extremely difficult to find and in order to get the right job, you need to know what it is that you are looking for and you need to have the right information and credentials to get ahead of all the other people looking for employment.

It is important to have your c.v updated with the correct information on it and you also need to be well presented in order to impress at an interview.

Once you are at an interview it is also extremely vital for you to be able to sell yourself and sound confident enough to get the job that you are applying for.

Here are a few tips on how to improve your c.v and dress to impress, as well as being able to communicate with the potential employer. There are also a few ideas on jobs that might suit you and your status.

Resume to Win that Job

Your c.v is the doorway to jobs and employment opportunities and if you have the wrong information on it, then a potential employer could over look your curriculum vitae.

There are so many people searching for jobs and employers receive so many that, at times, your c.v could be overlooked and the job might go to someone who has a brighter and better presentation than you.

A c.v should have your identification number on it, your contact details and address.

Your name and photograph should be at the top of your c.v in order to attract the employer.

Avoid making it look like an art project and keep the information detailed but simple enough for someone to speed through.

All your education should be added and dates are very important to remember.

Obviously you do need to have copies of certificates, diploma's or degrees for them to have a look at.

Work information should be detailed for absolutely every responsibility that you have had, along with references and contact details of former employers.

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C.V' and Resume Templates

There are so many options online for resume and c.v templates. Have a look through as many as you can but find one that you can have your name written in bold like a business card on the top right hand corner and add a colour or black and white photograph of yourself on the left top corner.

Recruiters do not really read through the cover letters but it is always important to add one anyway. The c.v is what they are really interested in and it must be colourful and bright enough to catch the eye of the recruiter, amongst the thousands that they receive.

Your resume or c.v is the doorway to a brand new job and it needs to look presentable and professional.

Take your time and gather the correct information to add onto your c.v. Ensure that all the information is correct and that you can be easily contacted.

What Type of Job Are you Looking for?

Before you send your c.v. to anyone, you need to establish what it is that you can do and what you are wanting to do. Take a look through the job searches and career engines to find employment that you would be happy to do.

Establish what sort of salary you are expecting and be realistic.

Don't apply for a management position if you have no experience or education to back you up as this will only be a waste of your time.

If you are not computer literate, then looking for work in an I.T company would make no sense.

Once you have taken a look at what you are qualified to do and what you are willing to do then you can go through the job searches and apply for vacancies in many ways;

Apply online with an internet employment agency, hand your c.v. to employment agencies in your area and send your c.v. through newspaper advertisments that you find in the classifieds.

Dress for Success

If you are lucky enough to get an opportunity for an interview, then you need to look the part as first impressions last!

Dressing for an interview is very important in order to make a good impression on a future or potential employer.

Never wear sandles, slops or casual clothing to an interview, if you would like to be taken seriously.

You do not have to wear an evening dress or a tux but dressing the part, will give you a slight advantage.

Dressing for success means that you need to be clean and fresh with a good haircut or style and you should always be clean shaved too.

If you have piercings of any kind or tattoos' then you need to hide them as, sadly this does not make a good impression.

Make - up must not be over the top and it should be presentable day makeup that will emphasise your features but allow you to blend in.

Dress to impress by using colours
Dress to impress by using colours

Colours to Impress in an Interview

Red: radiates confidence and will get you noticed.

Black: is a power colour that commands attention but if you are pale then it might make you look sickly which means that you will have to wear a warmer colour nearer to your face to avoid looking drained.

Purple: for arty and creative people and if you are unsure of how formal the interview is, then wearing a light purple scarf will do.

Pink: is soft and feminine and if you do not want to look to girlie, then wear it with grey or another colour to break it up. Pink also does not show strength in an interview.

Blue: is a traditional colour and it can be spruced up with other colours to make it look sassy.

Green: is for balance and growth.

Yellow: is bright and colourful and will bring some joy into the room. It is also considered the colour for intellectual people, but beware if you do not suit the colour or you will end up looking pale and sick.

Planning your outfit according to the qualities that you would like to convey and always wear comfortable but stylish shoes.

Greet the recruiter with a smile and a firm handshake.
Greet the recruiter with a smile and a firm handshake.

What You Need at an Interview

The first thing to remember is to have a copy of your c.v. with all of your documentation with you. References, diplomas and certificates should be with you at the interview.

Arrive for your interview 15 minutes before the time.

Once you get into the recruiter's office, remember to make eye contact and give a firm handshake when introducing yourself.

Speak clearly and answer the questions confidently, making eye contact at all times.

Do not ramble on and use specifics.

Remember that you are trying to sell yourself to the recruiter for the position that you have applied for, so make sure that you are prepared to speak about the job and how you will benefit the company.

Always have positive things to say about yourself and if you have any weaknesses, they will ask you about these too. Try not to have to many of those and keep the weeknesses as positive information.

Smile and keep your composure.

Try not to mumble and speak clearly, allowing the recruiter to ask you questions.

Once the interview is over, thank the recruiter for seeing you and ask when you could expect to hear back from them. Do not sound desperate!

Be honest with the recruiter and never run down a previous employer. This will just make you seem as though you have no loyalty.

Recruitment Managers and What they Expect from You

You are expected to be on time for your interview.

Have everything you need to back you up on paper, degrees, diplomas, references, etc.

Be courtious and well mannered.

Smile and allow them to ask you questions.

Do not beg for the job and ensure them that you are fully capable and competent enough to do the job that you are applying for.

They expect you to say that you will give 100% to the job.

You are hard working, dedicated, motivated and ambitious.

Always on time.

Always the last to leave.

That you have a balance between social life and work time.

You are confident and are qualified to do the job that you have applied for.

Common Questions asked by Recruiters at Interviews

What are your qualifications?

If you have a degree or training in the field that you are applying for, then this is the time to hand over the proof.

What are you weaknesses?

This means that they are wanting to know if you are an oversleeper etc, try to answer as honestly as possible, without destroying your chances. Usually weaknesses can be that you have no balance and never know when to go home.

What are Positive Attributes?

Name a few positive things about yourself relating to work. eg: ethics, loyalty, punctuality.

How Would You Be An Asset to the Company?

This is your chance to prove that you are a good candidate for the job, by letting them know how you would work as hard as you can to get the job done, that you can work well with others and that you are a strong and driven person.

Salary Expectations?

Be realistic, because they do check to see what you have been earning. Also do some research on the position that you have applied for to see how much the salaries are generally.

Be sure of yourself when answering this question and never say that you will work for free or take a really low salary as this doesn't sell you too well.

When Can You Start?

You should be able to say immediately but if you are currently working then you need to give your current employer notice and if you show that you do not have to, then this will be a bad reflection on you.

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    • Tashaonthetown profile image

      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Yes work in South Africa is very difficult to find. I got retrenched a couple of years ago and lucky for me, I decided to go into my own business, which I love!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Evidently looking for work in South Africa is very similar to looking for work in the United States. Imagine that! :) Great suggestions for success here, Tasha!

    • Tashaonthetown profile image

      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for reading!

    • freecampingaussie profile image

      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Never give up. My husband got a great job at age 65 ! I started at a new job I had never done before at 47 and really enjoyed it. Just be prepared to try something new . Good hub !