Congratulations - you’ve made the shortlist! That’s great, but don’t break open the champagne just yet – the hiring process is far from over. In many ways, it has only just begun.
It goes without saying that 2020 will already go down as a year to remember. The uncertainty and unpredictability of what has already occurred has left a lot of people shaken and on the search for stability.
One of the most common questions we get is “how do I apply for jobs when I don’t have much experience?” Lack of experience is perceived as a challenge for many people. However, if you take a deeper look, it’s not necessarily the real reason you are being turned down from jobs repeatedly.
You’ve spent hours of your time updating and perfecting your CV, filling out applications and going to interviews. You’ve landed what you thought was going to be an awesome job, but now that you’ve started, you’re getting cold feet. The role isn’t what you expected, you don’t know anyone and you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. You’re wondering if you’d be better off just looking for something else.
You have impressed the employer enough to be invited to a face to face interview. Now, you need to successfully knock this meeting out of the ballpark. It can be quite tricky to navigate the difference between a phone interview and one that takes place directly across the desk from your potential employer.
If you are applying for jobs, particularly in this climate, it’s highly likely you will be called to discuss your application in more detail. These conversations are used as a way to get to know you in more depth than your CV alone can provide.
Whilst this blog is a little more light-hearted, the people are real, the cases are real, the rulings are final, this is 7 Things You Should Never Do When Applying for Jobs. There are many, many more that fall under this umbrella, however, I feel that my fingers would never get a break from typing them all out, so here are a few to take note of and hopefully you can have a laugh or two, or seven!
There is nothing more exciting than finding your dream job online and hitting the ‘apply’ button. There is also nothing more frustrating than never getting a response. You may think it is because of your skillset, lack of experience or even job tenure. Whilst this plays a major part in what employers look for in a CV, it’s actually the CV itself and the way it is presented that makes the BIGGEST mark.
It’s a tricky time to be a candidate right now. If you’ve been recently made redundant due to COVID-19, your current workplace is closed and you are looking for new work to keep you busy, or you are an active job seeker trying to find your next opportunity – it’s hard to know what the next step is. The market has shifted dramatically in a matter of weeks. In February 2020, there were an average of 26 jobs for every 1 job seeker*. As it stands now, that figure has likely flipped to over 30 candidates for each single vacancy. That means your competition has suddenly increased drastically!
The online world is making fraud easier includes creating false identities may cost the New Zealand economy as much as $209 million every year! As many as 133,000* New Zealanders may be victims of identity theft. In Australia, the statistics are even more staggering with recent estimates by the Attorney-General's Department indicate that identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year!* This is why vigilance and awareness are vital.
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