How to NOT Get a Job

Posted on Posted in CV Writing, Job Searching

How to NOT get a job is one way of looking at how to save yourself time, energy and inevitable frustration when it comes to job searching. Time and time again, I hear from candidates who have sent multiple job applications to companies advertising roles that they “know” they can do. That's great if you “know” you can do the job, but the employer may not have the same opinion.

I can clean (in fact, I love cleaning!) I clean my home, know which products and cloths to use, and even have a posh pair of rubber gloves that I won in a raffle – true story! I believe I do a great job, but that doesn't mean I can be a professional cleaner.

We are coming through to the positive side of the double dip recession and the employment market is buoyant again, however, in most industries, the hiring managers have a smorgasbord of talent to chew over, where those without relevant experience will be spat out.

So, whether you think that you can be a cleaner, or another job you “know” you'll be good at, you need to take an objective look at your CV and assess any prior work experience. If you have worked in similar roles – great! You can now ensure that they are highlighted on your CV, so that the employer can see that you are a strong contender.

If you don't have any relevant work experience, please ONLY apply for a position if you can truly demonstrate on your CV that you have transferable skills from other roles. It really doesn't matter what you think, or what you feel you can do, if it's not absolutely clear to the employer that you are a much better candidate than all the rest of the applicants. Your CV must be worded in such a way that the employer understands your reason for applying and your suitability for the role.

It is very frustrating for employers to sift through hundreds of CVs and applications of people who are, quite simply, wasting their time. You just won't get the job and you will never get that time back. Save yourself from yourself! Time is your greatest gift – spend it wisely.

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