Interview No-Nos!

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Be cautious of the top 5 mistakes that job seekers make in interviews which include the following: · Running Late -Running late is a mistake that is made quite often and one that will give your potential employer a bad impression of you. If you are running late for whatever reason make sure you inform your interviewer instead of showing up 15 minutes late without an explanation. Better yet, try and be 10 minutes early for your interview as it shows preparation and eagerness on your part. ...
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Interview Tips

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When you are going for an interview it is imperative that you do the following:Dress conservatively, and in dark colours. It is also best to wear a suit, know the exact time and place of the interview, the interviewers full name and its pronunciation and his / her title. Also, don’t waffle or avoid questions. When you are asked questions, remember that this is an opportunity to sell yourself. Try not to give ‘yes’ or ‘no’ replies. Furthermore answer questions truthfully and as to the point a...
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Be Passionate & Motivated

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When you are applying for a position always ask yourself: "Why should the company choose me instead of the other 100 people applying for this role?". One attitude that goes a long way in this process is your passion & motivation for the role. Candidates who show that they genuinely interested in the role & come across as passionate really do stand out.
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Highlight Your Strengths

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When you are applying for jobs, make it clear to which ever job your applying too, what your strengths are. You may be used to writing it in cover letters or when addressing selection criteria's but also voice it to the employer! If the role you are applying for needs someone with fast typing skills & you type 70 WPM, tell them! Sometimes employers can oversee important facts written in your CV so it is a good idea to tell them verbally so that they are aware.
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Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

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An increasing number of employers are using social networking sites and online search engines to research job applicants. Similar to your resume, your online profile creates an image of you to a potential employer, so it is critical to make sure you make a good impression on anyone who discovers you online. Consider these tips to help manage and protect your online reputation: choose content carefully, be conscious of what you are sharing, Adjust Your Privacy Settings, limit the amount of pe...
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Do Volunteer Work…

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If you are finding it hard to find a job, or you find that you have been looking forever & nothing is coming through, don't despair! This is a perfect opportunity for you to do some volunteer work. Do some research & come up with a list of companies you would like to volunteer too. Try to find companies where you will be able to focus on work you are passionate about. Once your list is compiled do your research & contact the appropriate person within the company who looks after vol...
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Build Your Professional Presence

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Take a proactive approach to managing what potential employers will find about you online. Do you have a professional blog or website? Are you a member of an online industry association? Are you a regular contributor to respected forums? Do you have an up to date profile on LinkedIn? Do you belong to relevant groups and have quality online networks? Increasing the favourable content about you on the web will help you build a more positive online image.
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Testimonials/Referrals

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If you have testimonials or referrals from previous companies or people you have worked with, don't be afraid to show it to the employer. It is also a good idea to show examples of work to display your abilities so be sure to present it to your interviewer.
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When To Apply For Jobs ?!

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Keep in mind that during certain times of the year the market will be slow and jobs will be scarce. The best times to apply for jobs are during certain months of the year including January/February as businesses are coming back from Christmas break & may need additional staff. Another good time to look is at the end of financial year around June/July as businesses will be evaluating their finances and may find room in their budgets to take on more staff.
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Get Creative In Your Job Applications!

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One thing you should remember when applying for jobs is that not all companies use job boards such as Seek or Gumtree. Using job boards costs money for a business so many of them may resort to advertising their positions directly on their website. When applying for jobs don't limit yourself to looking in one spot, look on company websites in the career/jobs section. Other places you can look include: Social Media Pages such as LinkedIn or written publications such as newspapers.
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