How to Increase Your Chances of Finding a Job

In today’s modern word, having some form of employment is a must-have. We can, however, probably all agree that finding said employment is no easy task - it can take weeks or months of job searching and endless applications. Earning a salary allows us to put a roof over our heads, buy groceries and pay essential bills such as home loans and car insurance

As if the job search pre-COVID-19 wasn’t hard enough, the unemployment rate in South Africa is at an all-time high due to the current pandemic.

So, what’s the secret to increasing your chances of landing your dream job? Presenting yourself well and standing out. Here are tips that can help you do just that. 

Make sure your resume looks spectacular

Curriculum vitae, CV or resume: If you look at your resume right now and you’re not impressed with it, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board. You can’t expect your potential employer to be pleased with it when you are not. You could be the best applicant for the job, but you will be overlooked if your CV does not represent that. 

Switch up your CV’s design to include a creative touch. There are plenty of resume building websites such as Canva, or Clean CV Resume II that will give you various templates to choose from. 

Write a unique cover letter for each application

A cover letter, covering letter, motivation letter, motivational letter or a letter of motivation is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying another document such as a resume or CV. Make sure that your cover letter is relevant to the job you're applying for - and remember that it should entice your potential employer to want to read further, want to meet you for a job interview, and ultimately, hire you!

Match your skills with what the industry is looking for

The skills on your resume should match what employers in your career field look for. As an example, if you’re a Graphic Designer, research current vacancies in your industry, look at the skills the various jobs require and, if you have them, add those skills to your resume before you apply. Job interviews happen when candidates that match what employers are looking for.  

Update your LinkedIn profile

If you haven’t signed up to LinkedIn yet, we recommend that you do so as there are plenty of jobs from different industries posted on the platform daily. Once you have an account and your profile is updated, applying for jobs will be quick and easy. 

In fact, many recruiters browse through LinkedIn profiles when their company is hiring to try and find the best fit candidates – if your profile looks impressive, this will give you an edge over the competition. You can also follow companies that you’re interested in so that you can be up-to-date with what they’re up to, whether they’re hiring or to better understand what their company culture is about. 

Don’t be afraid to follow up

With every online job post, there are a large number of applicants – which makes it easy for some CVs to go unnoticed. So, pick up the phone or send an email to find out if candidates have been shortlisted or if the position has been filled. And if you find out it’s been filled, thank them and let them know that they should contact you when other positions open. And who knows? You could be getting a call in the near future. 

Contact recruitment agencies

The great thing about using a recruiter to assist you in finding a job is that you’re not alone in your journey – they can help you find a job, and you can help them fill vacancies for their clients. It’s a win-win. Remember that not all jobs are posted online - many companies use agencies to help them find candidates. By making use of an recruiter, you will have access to more jobs. 

We hope these tips bring you closer to finding a job. Remember to be patient and hopeful in your job seeking journey, because it will pay off and very soon you’ll live your way! 

The online services and platforms mentioned in this article are in no way sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with MiWay.

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