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Jobseekers –get Ahead Of The Game And Stand Out In 2021
2020 has been a quite different and difficult year for many. The impact of Covid-19 has had a profound impact on the employment and labour market across the globe. Countless career plans have been put-on hold, and many are looking at innovative paths and opportunities.
There are people may not feel motivated to look for any new opportunities right now, but there are jobs agencies like Greys Recruitment we encourage the opposite.
The job market may be extremely competitive right now, but it is not quiet, and we have noticed a surge in new jobs from our clients for 2021.
We have composed these handy tips to get you ready for your new job/career path.
There are many people who have seen the current period of uncertainty as a great opportunity to invest in themselves by upskilling or reskilling to become future ready. Why not consider what you can do in 2021 to make yourself more employable?
There are different ways to build your skillset - you can take short courses, continue with your studies, do an internship, get some volunteer experience, or you can find a mentor in your chosen field to ...
... advise you on the way forward.
Why not learn how to get the best out of Microsoft Outlook, improve your math skills, present your work with impact, coding in Python, graphic & web design, the fundamentals of digital marketing, to name but a few. There are several free or inexpensive resources available to use. Most of the short courses can be done on a flexible basis around your other commitments.
At Greys Recruitment, our goal is to provide our clients with the absolute best candidates for a job. Candidates who “stand out” with us are those that are self-motivated, take initiative and go the extra mile.
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Social media has developed into a recruitment tool and provide and increasingly important professional networking platform. Take LinkedIn for example - it has grown phenomenally into of the largest “jobs agencies” platforms for employers, those who are seeking jobs and recruiters from around the world.
An important tip: Make sure that you check your digital footprint on Google and clean up ALL your online profiles. Recruiters and employers DO look at your social media activity to gauge who you are as a person.
Consider your privacy settings and who can see your profile.
The way you use social media is a huge part of your personal brand. Use this opportunity to showcase your skills and passions which can help you get noticed by employers.
Have you considered blogging or starting your own website?
Build relationship with as many people on- and offline. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has led to less personal interaction however, it is a golden opportunity to make new links/acquaintances online. You might be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities that might come out of a friendly interaction or engaging with someone’s online content.
Be inquisitive and ask questions.
Don’t shy away - people are often more open and receptive to conversation than you think. A good professional network can help you to open yourself up to the right opportunities. Connect and stay connected to all the people you share or have shared a professional relationship with.
One of the most important tools that can initially be used to showcase your skills and expertise and to recruiters and employers is your resume/cv. You have to think of it as a working document that must be updated on a regular basis in order to highlight your achievements.
We recommend that you create more than one version of your CV that you can easily be adapted depending on the job and sector that you are applying for.
(Microsoft Word has a Resume Assistant feature that can help you get your CV looking sharp)
“First impressions lasts” – Remember, recruiters do notice your spelling mistakes and how much effort you put into selling yourself. The same is true for your cover letter. Make the effort to tailor it to a specific role - the recruiter you are writing this letter to needs to understand why they should hire you instead of another candidate.
Things can move faster than expected. Your inner ability to react quickly when things change will put you ahead of your competition. Think about what else may be needed (apart from a few versions of your CV and cover letter ready to go) If a recruiter phones now and wants to do a video interview tomorrow – Will you be available and ready to go with the right technological setup?
Greys Recruitment’s policy is to always request references before placing any staff with our clients. Do you have good references? Do you have the most recent contact details of your references so that we can get in touch easily? Have you informed them that their names appear on your CV as references?
Perhaps you have not done an interview with a jobs agency in a while? It is a good idea to practice in front of a family member, friend, or even the mirror. Ask for constructive feedback to work out how to best ‘pitch’ yourself for the job you want, there is nothing worse than coming out of an interview having forgotten to tell the interviewer key information. To be prepared as best as you possibly can boost your confidence and prevent any potential slip ups in an otherwise stressful situation.
A new year brings brand new opportunities. It is your chance to get ahead of the curve and ensure that you are in the best position possible to stand out at jobs agencies where you send your details to and be ready for what 2021 has to offer.
Greys Recruitment has been trusted as an industry leader in the permanent recruitment sector for more than 40 years.
If you are on the lookout for a new role/challenge in your career, please visit our jobseeker page and upload your C.V to our nationwide database to be considered for any potential job openings.
Are you an employer looking for staff? Please visit the employer page on our website and tell us what you are looking for. Our expert team of consultants will find you the perfect candidate!
Visit our website here - https://measuredability.com/recruitment-agency-south-africa/
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