As we said last month, there are basically only 4 ways of finding a new job:
We covered employment agencies last month, this month it’s replying to adverts.
It used to be acceptable to print off a CV and send it to every job vacancy. That isn’t done now. Well, not by the people who get the jobs anyway!
The trick is to read the job adverts with a highlighter pen in your hand. Highlight any requirements mentioned that apply to you – e.g. good communication skills, advanced Microsoft Office user, etc.
A good covering letter is essential to accompany your application. It conveys your communication skills, spelling & grammar ability and your eagerness for the job. Don’t gush, just say that you are very interested in the job, are enclosing your application form and would love to be granted the opportunity of an interview. Make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect (don’t trust a computer spellchecker!). If in doubt, pop into the centre and we’ll give it the once-over.
If you get an interview, it is good practice to follow it up with a ‘Thank You’ note or email. It doesn’t just show good manners, it helps keep you in mind!
We will look at how to make the most of online job searches next month.
Author: Pitman Training Swords 20/03/2011