1. Have a good CV
A CV is a very important document when it comes to job applications; it’s the document that gets you interviews. It should contain your name and contact details at the top and then list all your work experiences with dates starting with your most recent at the top to the last one position.
It should also include your qualifications and lastly, the CV should have your work achievements and professional affiliation where applicable as this distinguishes you from ordinary job seekers giving you a head start.
In case you are not able to write your own CV, you can seek for CV writing services to make sure you have that perfect CV.
2. Apply for the right jobs and at the right time
Just because you did not get a job last year does not mean that you now apply for any job that comes you way. Study the job first, make sure that you match the qualifications the employer is looking for, beyond that make sure that you make the application at the right time which means within the first three days of the advertisement.
Again, it makes no sense in making an application for a perfect job but you do it late when the position is already closed.
3. Reach out to your networks
More than half of the jobs are found through networking and referrals; this means that being in touch with your networks is an important part of finding the right job.
4. You need to prepare for your interview
Well, getting invited for an interview does not mean you got the job, it only means you are a little closer to getting the job and what stand between you and the job is an interview.
It’s very important to prepare for the interview as it increases your chances of getting the job. Carry out a background research on the company, research more on the role, also go a step further and find out what different companies are offering for the position so that you are able to negotiate for the salary.
The importance of interview preparation is that it reduces nervousness during the interview as when you are well prepared you feel more confident.
5. Stop waiting for a dream job
Most graduates wasted the whole of 2016 waiting for the perfect jobs; those big titles in prestigious companies. Truth is, there is nothing that comes easy and you have to start below in order to get to the top of the ladder. So if you get offers for attachment/internships this year, accept the offers as this is where you get experience need to go to the next level.
This also gives you a good chance to meet and build networks with the right people in your industry.
The writer is a Communications Officer at Jobs Kenya Network Services, a leading Recruitment firm that offers CV Writing, Job Placement & Career Advice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org