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how to get a job
Behind every job that everyone does as a proletariat for wages, there is a skill set - a collection of 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 entry job. Unless you are one of those few exceptional individuals offered a job whilst in education; competition for entry level professional or highly skilled vacancies is fierce as there are too few for too many candidates.
To get 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 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 writing them, follow the links how to write CVs and 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, 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.Transferable skills
Nothing is as important to an employer
than an employee that has the ability to get along
with co-workers, can learn to do the job and is willing,
this is found on a candidate's transferable skills, that
is, generic skills that can be used in any job, namely, positive attitude
to work, problem-solving, organization,
time and self management, teamwork, communication,
use of IT, basic literacy and numeracy,
all self-explanatory, international
cultural awareness and business/customer/
On personal level, transferable skills are essential due to lack of job security (job for life), the freedom as an employee to change jobs as you please and adapting to constantly changing world of work.
More than 80% of employers rank transferable skills the
highest when it comes to selection, out of all transferable skills, commercial
awareness is the one most employers are least satisfied in candidates.
But what is it?
Commercial awareness is being conscious of what is happening in a wider business world in relation to a specific firm/organization's internal activities.
You might be wondering how do you develop it. This website has developed a simple and quicker way to do it, we have selected a handful of competing multinationals (companies operating in several countries) and conglomerates (corporations that are made up of a number of different, unrelated businesses) that are true catalysts of economic globalization and links to their directly and indirectly competing products/services listed below as examples.
Imagine you are employed by one of them, producing say beauty and grooming
products or providing a service, say, auditing, what you need to find out
for every individual firm is, its customers, history, structure
and operations and so forth through 'About us', Who
we are', 'our business', 'company' and 'corporate'
web-pages respectively and use business
information to gain an accurate and deep understanding of the world of business that may
affect its daily operations and its future.
From this information you will develop fascinating awareness that clicks every time you read, hear or see something, and when it comes to competence based job interview; to prepare yourself, just pick the firm/organization that has invited you for an interview and do exactly what you did on this task.
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 training, he/she does the job, post-education, the level of experience acquired is never sufficient to do a job, all employers know about this, that is why vacancies are entry level, say, a junior doctor, lawyer, accountant, management trainee and so forth.FIGURES:
Top employers reserve between 40 to 80 percent 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 sufficient knowledge needed for on the job training due to widespread cheating in exams, grade inflation and general poor quality of teaching that has forced most of them
to use ability tests and personality questionnaires
to prove a candidate's knowledge, where they can
be used at any stage during selection process. To learn more use this link
There are some other tests that are tailored to specific roles that you may come across depending on your career choice, they vary and proprietary.
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
To find out more, follow this link interview approaches .
To learn more, follow this link face-to-face & telephone interview .
'If you cannot get a job, create one', to find out more how to do it, read how to how to start a business.