There are two types of people in life: those that are happy to settle for mediocrity and work for a less-than modest wage as long as they can pay the bills each month, and those that aspire to have decent, well-paid jobs.
If you consider yourself to be one of the former groups of workers, you should probably stop reading this blog post and go play some Sudoku or something.
But if you want to make a name for yourself in your chosen industry and constantly have to fend off headhunters looking to poach you from your existing employer, carry on reading to find out how to improve your chances of getting a decent job!
Update your wardrobe
They say that first impressions count at job interviews, and you know what? The people that say that are totally right!
Turn up at a job interview wearing your jeans and a T-shirt with an obscene slogan or phrase written on it, and you will probably be asked to leave.
Arrive smartly dressed in a crisp, freshly-ironed suit that you spent an acceptable amount of time and money choosing, and you will have already overcome the first hurdle at your interview!
It doesn’t matter whether you are applying for a job as a management consultant or a street sweeper, you must always dress to impress.
Smell sweet, not sour
Over the years, I have had to participate in many an interview, and the one thing that puts me off hiring people is how they smell!
Whilst I appreciate that some folks may have medical conditions that cause an excess of body odours, there are some people that don’t believe it necessary to have a bath more than once a month. Usually, these smelly individuals apply the same logic to the cleanliness of their clothes too.
Learn a new skill whilst you’re looking for a job
If you have been out of work for a while, I can understand that it might be hard to motivate yourself to do anything else other than apply for jobs. But one thing that attracts employers to candidates that have been out of work for a while is their willingness to succeed and their increased levels of determinations.
A way to prove that you are determined to be a winner and not a loser is to take part in distance learning courses (like the ones from stonebridge.uk.com).
Completing a further education course in itself won’t find you a job, but it will certainly make you a more-attractive proposition to employers – in many cases even over those that are more qualified than you!
Personalise your CV
The mistake that a lot of job seekers make is to use the same CV for a multitude of industries. In order to get jobs within your preferred industries, I strongly urge you to create some bespoke CVs tailored to each industry.
When I started using tailored CVs, I found the number of employers inviting me to attend interviews significantly increased!