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Career Guidelines

Securing the right job

Like many things in life, securing the right job involves knowing yourself, planning, preparing and executing. Below are some guidelines to help you do this:

  • What are you Passionate About?
    Know your passion when it comes to work or leisure. Passionate people require less motivating and managing, and are likely to go the extra mile. Inevitably, these types of employees are more likely to succeed.
  • Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
    People who are in touch with themselves are most likely to know their strengths and weaknesses. Candidates always find it easy to talk of their strengths, but a great deal more difficult to talk of their weaknesses. Being open and accurate on your weaknesses in an interview will give you credibility.
  • Have an Idea of What Your “Dream Job” Would Be:
    It is very helpful for recruiters to be told the ideal industry, company and job that a candidate would prefer and why.

Target companies:
If you have targeted specific companies that you would like to work at, make sure you research them thoroughly. This indicates to potential employers or agents that the candidate is determined and committed to getting a job at that company. Consider if there are any specific industries you would prefer.

CV Construction and Presentation

  • Make sure your CV has a logical layout
  • Name
  • Personal Details (ID, marital status, dependants, gender, nationality)
  • Education ( high school, tertiary)
  • Specific Skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Hobbies
  • Work Experience (most recent first; oldest last)
  • Make sure that no important detail is omitted
  • Keep your job description brief, make use of bullet points
  • Make sure your CV is accurate
  • Make sure that there are no unexplained gaps in the dates of employment
  • Make sure there are no grammar or spelling errors
  • Make sure that your CV is written in a consistent format and font, avoid CAPS
  • Emphasise areas in your CV that will be of interest to your targeted companies
  • Make sure you include all relevant dates(months & years)
  • Include relevant references ( name, designation, company, contact number)
  • Always include your reason for leaving previous employers

Interview Preparation:

When you are called for an interview:

  • Always ensure that you are on time and neatly presented
  • Research the company
  • Prepare well for the interview
  • Know the name and designation of the interviewer
  • Ensure that you know how to get to the interview venue before hand
  • Smile and make eye contact
  • Relax and be open
  • Think about your body language
  • Let the interviewer bring up the topic of salary first
  • Remember to switch your cell phone off

All of the above seems logical but it is surprising the high percentage of candidates who do not correctly plan and prepare when job hunting. This can mean the difference between landing or losing a critical job in your career path.

Your First Days at a New Job

20 Tips to Help You Make a Great Impression:

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Dress neatly and professionally
  • Show team spirit
  • Learn colleagues names
  • Ask questions
  • Take notes
  • Take initiative
  • Research your new employer- vision, motto
  • Work full days
  • Establish a good attendance record
  • Avoid office politics and gossip
  • Keep personal business to a minimum
  • Attend after hours work activities
  • Listen more than talk
  • Track accomplishments
  • Show appreciation
  • Find a mentor
  • Set goals
  • Keep your boss informed
  • Meet and network with key people in the profession
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