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Top 10 Tips for Getting a Job


Benchmark Career Advice, advice-centre

Top 10 tips for getting a job:

1. Understand your strengths and motivations

What are you good at? What comes easily to you? What thing gives you energy? So apply to jobs and roles that relate to these themes. These are things that you will be enthusiastic about when you apply. 

2. Apply to a few jobs well rather than to lots badly

Large numbers of non-targeted applications are likely to fail.

3. Research the obvious

Do your research into the organisation and the professional area/function of the role. Know why you're applying and what you're applying for - and be able to explain this.

4. Be flexible about size and location

Don't just apply to the big names. Look at smaller organisations and locations outside the capital city. Jobs in regions are likely to receive fewer applications. 

5. Sending a cover letter

If you're asked to send a CV, make sure you also send a covering letter. Your letter will add value because in it you can say so much more about why you want the job. 

6. Build your network

Many jobs are never advertised, but you can create openings through your contacts. Take every chance to meet employers, in person and through on-line networks and professional groups. Mention these contacts when you apply to employers. 

7. Get it 'write'!

Correct spelling and grammar are essential. If your application has no mistakes, then it's already better than many of the others. Use good vocabulary, with words that make an impression. Word limits? Use the number of words allowed. Don't sell yourself short but don't exceed the word count. 

8. Use 'S.T.A.R' for impact ​

Use the S.T.A.R approach when applying and going to interview. Have 6-10 different examples of your skills and achievements and describe them using S.T.A.R as a framework - explain the Situation you were involved in, the Task you were set, the Action you took, and the Result

9. Achievements not duties 

When describing work experience don't just focus on the duties, it's how well you carried them out that employers are interested in. Describe what you've achieved rather than what you had to do. Focus on how you made a difference 

10. Don't believe everything you hear in the media

There are unfilled jobs out there. Careful preparation, patience and persistence lead to success 

And finally, don't forget to have a chat with us; we know what we’re talking about!