Graduates have been hit extremely hard by the government’s cuts with an average record high of 70 applicants competing for one graduate job in 2010. Combined with the rise of tuition fees due to take place in 2012 it will deter potential university students which means more young people with minimal qualifications will be thrown into the unskilled job market, which is already overflowing.
So what makes a successful?
Variety – By conducting a job search within different industries the applicant is opening up more possibilities, particularly unskilled applicants or first time job seekers who may not think they have as many options.
Interest – Although variety is important, it is also necessary that the candidate has some level of interest in the area they are applying for. If there is no enthusiasm in the candidate’s demeanour, employers’ will recognize this and their application won’t be as strong as those with an interest in the area, even if their qualifications and skills are on par.
Experience – The more interviews and application forms completed by the job seeker, the better quality their future ones will be. Even if the first applications amount to nothing, at least they will have experience of different types of application forms and interview scenarios and an opportunity to eliminate future mistakes.
Personality – No one wants to spend the majority of their week with a robot (that’s why computers exist!). Applicants should show some personality and interests that are work and non-work related particularly if applying for a job within a small firm, as there’s a chance new employees will work alongside senior staff or the interviewer. Plus, it demonstrates the ability to learn new skills.
Confidence – A major downfall in a lot of people is their lack of self-belief. Applicants should stay positive through rejection in order to succeed in the future as confidence is the initial impression an employer receives. Smart appearance, genuine enthusiasm for the position and a warm approachable personality all make for a more likable candidate.
Internet – Job advertisements in the newspaper do still exist, but only a limited selection of jobs are advertised by means other than the Internet these days. Online recruitment websites are updated daily, if not more frequently, so an eager job seeker can keep a check throughout the day for new vacancies and be one of the first to apply, which is always an advantage.
Every employer is different so it is hard to develop advice which is universal to each individual employer. Common sense, however, on meeting the employer tells the candidate what kind of applicant is being sought after. In conclusion, the key attributes for a successful job seeker are confidence, consistency and commitment.