We are all aware that jobs are difficult to get in this economic climate. Sometimes we apply for jobs we aren’t qualified for because the need is so great, it surpasses logic. Other instances, we are qualified on paper but lack the experience needed to land the job. So what are we to do? How do we quickly figure out this labyrinth of job seeking before we are old and grey? Well, have no fear, The Clarendon Y.I.C is here.
1. Have A Good Resume
You want to ensure that the structure of your resume is clear and to the point. Your education and working experiences should be clearly shown without confusing your potential employers. You may want to leave things like your date of birth, marital status, sexual orientation and HIV status off it… I guess I am pushing it, but personal information that has nothing to do with the job should be avoided. Your objective should be short and precise and relevant to the job. Objectives like, “I am an ambitious Pisces who will use my skills and talents to serve you well” sounds a bit suggestive and do not say very much. Sometimes you may want to put hobbies on, but if your hobbies are surfing the internet, watching movies and listening to music, your employers may see that as trouble, because once they give you a computer with internet, NO WORK WILL BE DONE. Ensure you have about 4 persons to use as references. If you are applying for a job as a cook and you use your JP and your pastor who aren’t even sure you can light a stove, that may be more harm than good. Try to have one person who knows your character and the other who knows about the skill you plan to use for the job. Have backups, who knows if they will be available when you need them.
2. Advance Yourself
Things are always evolving and as a job seeker, you need to stay “on top of things”. We know not everyone may have the degrees or required amounts of subjects that most employers require. So, it is important that while seeking a job you try to get the additional subjects to make yourself more marketable. If funding to enhance your education is a problem, find a space that offers free internet services like Clarendon Youth Information Centre, Parish Libraries and Community Centers and start an online course relevant to your area of interest. Online fora like Iversity and Coursera offer quality courses which are internationally certified. If you are lacking in experience, try to give some service in your communities. I often get complaints about encouraging youth to volunteer as taxi fare and lunch money always depletes financial resources. For example, if you are seeking a job in landscaping and have nothing on your resume to prove it, visit the nearest Basic School in your community, speak to the principal and start a beautification project. Source plants from relatives and community members, utilize old tyres and other recyclables and make it gorgeous! Have a handing over ceremony, take plenty photos. The principal and the entire PTA know it is your work and it is now resume valid.
3. Maintain A Good Online Presence
Email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com do not necessarily scream professional. Have an email address that sounds professional like firstname.lastname@example.org, it does wonders in how you are perceived. You also want to ensure that your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts do not have photos of you or shared photos of persons in compromising positions or in any position that may be offensive. You also want to keep away from using hate- speech. Yes, we know it’s your Facebook and your thoughts, but it may be offensive to employers and even the culture of some workplaces. Ensure voice messages, text message signature and Whatsapp statuses are appropriate. If you have professional Social Media platforms like LinkedIn, you may want to keep those as updated as possible.
- Have Appropriate Interview Wear Gentlemen, ensure you have a nice pastel shade shirt with a tie and dark pants with dark shoes. The tie makes the difference between casual and professional as sown in the above picture. Females, have a nice dark pants or skirt suit ready as well with appropriate shoes. Feet should be properly covered, so you may want to opt out of the peep-toes this time. Females, ensure you are not showing any breasts, legs or thighs and you should be in good stead. Ensure your interview clothes are always clean and ironed. Last minute interviews are a thing, so be ready at all times.
This was placed last last but is by no means the least important. Talking with persons in your field of interest allows you to understand more the market and you have the chance to meet potential employers. Sometimes, you may even be introduced to similar jobs which you can do part time. Networking also keeps you up to date with the latest happenings in your field.
We hope you found this informative. All the best in your job hunt!