Job hunting hacks

Charlie understands how tough the job market can be, it can be harder than resisting the urge to dig into that can of Milo with a teaspoon when you get the midnight munchies! Here are some job hunting hacks to get you through the minefield of cover letters, resume writing and interviews.

1. Tailor your cover letter and resume

One of the biggest mistakes job hunters make is submitting the same cover letter and resume to various jobs and not tailoring their application. The same cover letter is not going to cut it, and one resume will not highlight your strengths for each type of job. It takes time and effort, but writing a new cover letter for each job will reward you in the end. Tailor your resume or CV to each type of job that you’re applying for, one for hospitality jobs, one for administration applications, one for sales or retail, and so on. This will show the hiring team your most relevant skills, that you are committed to finding a job and willing to go the extra mile.

2. Check your social media accounts

Often hiring managers will check your social media accounts to give them an insight into the type of person that you are. Sometimes job applications will ask you to link up your social media accounts, or the hiring team may search your name independently. Either way, it is important to come across as a reliable, competent person who has a good work ethic. Make sure there are no captions, photos or posts that are inappropriate or could make you look like a potential bad employee.

3. Include referee details

Hiring managers will always, ALWAYS check your referees. It is recommended that you include at least two previous employer referees and an academic or character referee on your application. You should always make sure your referees are happy to act in this role. If you are unsure whether a former employer will give you a good reference, approach another supervisor or even a fellow work colleague if need be. Referees will be asked to provide information on your strengths and accurately represent your work ethic, character or academic performance.

For even more tips, check out the Career Development Service.

Good luck and happy hunting!