how to get a job

Jobs market can be difficult to crack whether you are trying to get employed for the first time or have experience but basic rules stay the same, that is, behind every job there is a skill set, that is, a collection of interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferable skills, experience and qualifications requirement.
When job-hunting, you are simply trying to match your skill set with particular jobs.

The threshold of every career is a relevant breakthrough entry job. Unless you are one of those few exceptional students that has been offered a job before graduation; competition for entry level professional or highly skilled vacancies is fierce as there are too few for too many candidates and therefore to get to a job, you have to make the cut that is avoid elimination, as in a golf tournament through different phases as specified by a human resource manager or appointed in-house or third party delegate(s), where, you have to convince them, you have better skillset than the competition, on paper or web, through CVs, application forms, covering letters and in person through job interviews; initial success comes from effective written communication and final a combination of verbal and body language where all depends on your attitude, ability to pay attention, evaluate and retain information.

See how the whole recruitment and selection process works below.


The function of recruitment is to attract potential candidates for employment in a timely and cost-effective way.
This is done through vacancy/job advertisements on media; A job advert comprises all the necessary information that can assist a candidate's decision to pursue it or not. The type of media used depends on the role. Today, due to decline in newspaper readership and widespread use of World Wide Web and Internet, both desktop and mobile devices are media of choice. Recruiters use both their own websites and specialist third party job boards to place ads.

How to respond to a job advertisement

As a candidate you can respond to a recruiter's advertisement through a single or a combination of an application form, curriculum vitae and covering letter as specified by the advertiser.
There are two requirements on every job advertisement namely essential and desirable, when responding you must exactly match essential requirements as per job description as they form the basis for consideration of suitable candidates, desirable requirements are a complement.
To learn more about how to write CVs and cover letters, follow the links below.

  1. curriculum vitae (CVs)
  2. cover letters

Selection process deals with all submitted applications, where the aim is to identify candidates that are deemed most likely to fulfil the requirements of the role, draw a shortlist and convince those that are very suitable; it is in their best interest to join the employer.

Selection facts and figures

The following facts and figures highlight what rank highest to employers when it comes to selection in ascending order, contrary to a typical young person's belief, that is, success in the professional and highly skilled labour markets is hinged on a good degree.

interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferable skills

Interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferrable skills are generic skills that apply to every job.
Nothing is as important to employers than an employee that is able, willing to do the job and can get along with other employees; any individual with such qualities will have sufficient interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferable skills respectively, the exact skills you are deemed to have developed during the general education phase.

More than 80% of employers rank interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferrable skills the highest when it comes to selection.
On personal level, interpersonal also known as (a.k.a) life or people or social or soft or transferrable skills are useful due to the fact that there is nothing like a job for life they are quite handy when you are forced or choose to change a job.

Work experience

There is a say 'training is useful, but is no substitute for experience'; experience eliminate the need for training from scratch, a new employee walks in, gets minimum or no training and he/she does the job.

Top employers reserve between 40% to 80% of entry level professions to candidates who have previously carried out internships, work experience or industrial placements with them. Leaving the rest to others where priority is given to those with some previous work experience, if you do not have any at all, you are unlikely to be successful during the selection process.

Academia rank every qualification on highest grades attained regardless of disciplines, in the world of work, employers rank them lowest as experience has shown them that qualifications as stated on certificates cannot be taken at a face value as a proof of knowledge one has acquired due to widespread cheating and plagiarism, grade inflation and general poor quality of teaching that has forced most of employers to use ability tests and personality questionnaires to assess them, they can be used at any stage during selection process.
The only secret to passing these tests is practice, the more you do it the more they become like second-nature.

To practice, use the links below:
  1. general tests
  2. proprietary test

Job interviews

Job interview is a face to face or over the phone selling process, when you reach this stage you are closest to a job, there are no secrets only preparation. Use the links below to learn more about interview approaches and tips.

  1. interview approaches
  2. interview tips

There is no such thing as perfect employers, don't be a disruptive job hopper, you should change jobs or employers only when is essential or an opportunity too good to miss from elsewhere drops on your plate; continuity in one career with one employer can have many benefits to name but a few cumulative holiday entitlements, salary scale, generous severance package when you have to leave unwillfully and so forth but in the end if you still cannot get a job or you just don't want to work for someone else, you have to create one for yourself, to find out more on how to do it, read how to how to start a business

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