Competition for jobs in today’s world is really tough to ensure you stand out by making your first impression a lasting one. As your first impression is that of your CV here are 5 tips that could help you to be well on your way to getting that coveted position.
1. Keep your information updated
Remember to always ensure your CV is updated, add new skills, accomplishments and ensure your contact details and current or previous employer’s details are current and correct.
This includes any outside achievements too such as running a volunteer soup kitchen, winning or participating in various charity fun-runs, being the vice-president of your sports club, etc.
2. Stick to two to three pages of A4 paper
Keep your CV clear and concise, refrain from writing long unnecessary sentences or essay type descriptions. Stick to the points with a brief descriptive narrative that gets the point across.
As most companies have probably received a large number of applications for the position they are unlikely to read the entire CV and will make a decision on it within reading the first few sections of the document.
3. Outline your strongest key skills that pertain to the job being applied for
Read the job specification thoroughly and ensure you understand what is required for the position. Using this knowledge tailor your CV towards it! Highlight your skills and accomplishments that stand out the most for that particular position. CV’s should not be generic but should fit the position being applied for.
4. Including references, accomplishments and interest’s
Strong references are always an excellent added bonus and should be from reliable, contactable sources that you have worked for in past positions. For those new to the workforce include any part-time jobs you may have had, a professor or teacher.
As with anything a good presentation always counts
There was an article somewhere in a celebrity magazine a few years back now that discussed how much younger fifty and seventy-year-olds were as opposed to twenty years ago. It stated “You no longer think of a seventy-year-old as your grandmother you think of them as the likes of Tina Turner!” and let’s face it even at the age of seventy-eight Tina can still rock it with the best of them!
She being just one very prime example of how her generation aged so it only stands to reason that generations to come will have a lot longer lifespan as fifty become the new forty and so on.
Nothing wrong with living longer and in fact we all want to live as long as we can and get as much out of our lives as we can. But with various scientific predictions on how the expected lifespan of the average person is getting longer, it does become a problem for the workforce and the various governments.
Already developed economies, such as the UK are feeling an impact from this forcing them to increase the retirement age by six months every year which does have various backlash and repercussions.
This increase mainly affects the current generation in their fifties they either still have dependent children and aged parents they are taking care of so not much has been left over for them to financially prepare for their retirement which will force them to have to work well into their late sixties mid-seventies.
HR departments are moving more and more to word changing their employment policies whereby it makes economic sense to keeping older competent workers in their positions for longer. Especially as in the UK alone it has become evident that there a just not enough younger people to fill the employment needs.
Not only are there an increasing number of older unemployed or pensioned off people who have a wealth of experience and knowledge beneficial to their specific industries but most studies have shown that due to the increased health active lifestyles and busy social lives the generation in question is not only more than competently able to work they actually want to or need to work!
In the 2017 World Happiness Report (yes it is actually a thing), it was found that Norway had the highest percentage of happy citizens.
Here are 5 ways to a happier working environment scientifically speaking that is:
1. Happiness starts at home – first off you need a good base upon with to build a more solid one. So if you are not happy at home or in your personal life you are not likely to be happy at work or anywhere else for that matter. So start by sorting out your personal life and way to improve on this first.
2. It is good to be in a job where you feel you fit into the environment and are able to get along with the other employees and or employers. You spend most of your waking day there so it is important to want to be there and enjoy not only the environment but the people in it.
3. Liking your environment and co-workers should not just stop there, even if you are not the sociable type make the effort to socialize with your colleagues it bodes well for various team building and project related work not to mention it is good for a person to socialize even if it is just now and again.
4. Try new thing both in your personal and work life, in your personal life it opens you up more and pushed your limits and boundaries. This is good for keeping relationships from going stale and gives a person new limits and goals. The same goes for your work – if you can accept those projects you may think are daunting or out of your reach, at least give it a try. It is not only good for your portfolio but it also shows foresight, willingness and a desire to learn, achieve and grow.
5. Showing drive and ambition goes a long way to promotions and pay rises. If you are not coming right in your new job seek one that you can do, want to do and is in a better pay bracket.