Jobs in South Africa are scarce enough as it is, so when you put yourself out there on LinkedIn, email someone your CV or land an interview – you need to be doing it correctly to score that job or give yourself every opportunity to get hired! There are most certainly a couple of things that may hinder you from getting your dream job. We have compiled a short list of do’s and don’ts when trying to get hired.
1 Make a good first impression
The reality is that you will be judged by your resume/CV so it is important that you polish and update your CV (have it checked by a copywriter if possible) before applying for any positions. This will help you to get those interviews and have the opportunity to make further impressions with your experience, personality and the way in which you answer interview questions.
2 Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date
You’ll be surprised just how many employers use LinkedIn to find employees. You will need to make sure that your details are up to date, you’re “connected” with previous employers or companies that you worked for and that your profile picture is a PROFESSIONAL one.
3 Do a social media clean-up
We don’t recommend posting pictures or statuses on social media that speak of a party lifestyle or contain swearing. Delete any posts or images that you think may be a poor reflection of you and or your lifestyle. Most companies nowadays do a quick Google search to find your social profiles, and this could make it or break it for you!
4 Do your research
It is extremely important to know as much as possible about the company you are applying at. Showing an interest and having something more to talk about at the interview can make the world of difference and more than anything shows that you are serious about the position and take initiative when necessary (which is something needed for most jobs!).
5 Show up early
It is extremely important to show up on time for an interview (about ten minutes early is ideal). No one is going to hire someone they think is going to make a habit of being late in the future.
6 Ask questions
Asking questions after an interview (this is normally allowed for) is vital to possibly getting hired. Remember that research you did (point 4 above) to learn more about the company – now would be a good time to use it. Ask an intelligent question or two and subtly mention that you noticed something about the company on their website etc. and ask a question pertaining to that research if possible.
7 Always follow up after you send your resume and after an interview too
It is important to check that your CV landed up with the correct person once you have emailed it, whether you sent it to a recruitment agency or an employer. Doing a follow up after an interview is professional and lets your potential employer (or agency) know that you are serious about the position.
If you are looking to GET HIRED in the supply chain, logistics or travel industries then contact Lee Botti & Associates today!