No job in­ter­views?

Here’s what you may be do­ing wrong

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

EVEN when va­can­cies are boom­ing, there are three types of job­seeker who will al­ways have a harder time get­ting work. Are you one? Don’t fear – there is plenty you can do with your CV to en­sure you get an in­ter­view. The job hopper Hir­ing the wrong per­son is an ex­pen­sive mis­take, so un­der­stand­ably re­cruiters are wary of ap­pli­cants who seem to have a habit of chang­ing jobs.

At the same time, fre­quent job hop­ping has be­come more and more com­mon. A re­cent sur­vey showed that 91 per­cent of mil­len­ni­als ex­pect to stay in a job less than three years – with 71 per­cent of this group plan­ning to change their cur­rent job be­fore 2020. So how can a job hopper stop em­ploy­ers see­ing them as a risk?

You need to fo­cus on what you gained from the ex­pe­ri­ences. The ben­e­fit of job hop­ping is that work­ers are more ac­com­plished at do­ing dif­fer­ent work and are reg­u­larly adding to their skill sets. So it makes sense to write a CV fo­cused on your skill set and achieve­ments.

Use facts and fig­ures to show that you gen­er­ated value for past em­ploy­ers. For ex­am­ple: “ac­quired ma­jor clients gen­er­at­ing an in­crease of X amount in an­nual rev­enue”. If you can do that, the re­cruiter can imag­ine you cre­at­ing the same tan­gi­ble value for them, can­celling out your risk fac­tor. The long-term un­em­ployed Once you’ve been out of a job for some time, it be­comes even more dif­fi­cult to find work. If you’ve not quite hit the six-month mark, find some­thing to oc­cupy your time and fill you CV, be it free­lance work or volunteering.

If you’ve been un­em­ployed for longer than six months, there are ways to make your­self more em­ploy­able. Along­side volunteering, try a less con­ven­tional ap­proach to job­hunt­ing: con­tact hir­ing man­agers di­rectly by phone or email. I

t’s also im­por­tant to op­ti­mise your LinkedIn pro­file and get in touch with peo­ple in your pro­fes­sional net­work.

Nearly half of all hires are made from job re­fer­rals, even though they make up only 7 per­cent of all ap­pli­ca­tions. If you can find some­one on the in­side to push your CV, or if you can make a per­sonal con­nec­tion with a hir­ing man­ager, there is a much greater chance that they will over­look the gaps on your record. The overqual­i­fied job seeker While it is tempt­ing to as­sume that be­ing overqual­i­fied is a good thing, that’s not al­ways the case. Re­cruiters may make some con­fused as­sump­tions, such as the can­di­date wants more money or is likely to leave for bet­ter of­fer.

Hir­ing man­agers need to know that you un­der­stand the job on of­fer, and that re­quires an ex­pla­na­tion. Per­haps you’re choos­ing less re­spon­si­bil­ity for a bet­ter work-life bal­ance, or you want to go back to what you were do­ing be­fore a pro­mo­tion.

What­ever the rea­son, it’s best ex­plained. Your cover let­ter is the per­fect place for this sort of in­for­ma­tion. A CV summary can also help you say where you are, where you’re go­ing, and how that will ben­e­fit your new em­ployer.

What­ever is hold­ing you back, you can al­ways up­grade your CV to make you top of the pile. And, above all, tai­lor your CV to match the job, in­stead of send­ing generic CVS to many dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ers.

— Guardian

JOB hopper, overqual­i­fied, too long out of work. You can still get your CV to the top of the pile.

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