Eight tips for job search

Often, the way of presenting the documents or the CV, highly affects the first meeting with the employer.

1. How to approach a company in which you like to work, that hasn’t announced a job vacancy?

The best way is to create contacts with important employees of this company and show continuous interest and draw attention to them that you are quite interested to work there. Do not hesitate to meet the chief or the manager of the human resource. You could send a letter of interest, where you can show to the right person that you are interested to work. But, don’t be annoying.

2. What to do that our CV draws attention?

First of all, make sure your CV is easy to read and looks nice. Be careful, since CVs are often not understandable. They often have lack of information or seem very unreliable. You can use colors or special writing styles. But know that the employers are more interested in the content. The most important thing is that in the CV, your achievements and the skills that make you the most appropriate for the working place you are seeking are clear. Never send the CV in English or any other foreign language. That will create inconvenience and the opinion that you have underestimated the local company and you have applied there out of the desperate need.

3. What are the main mistakes made when writing a CV?

The most often mistake made when writing a CV is simply listing the earlier jobs. The experience of the developed countries shows that it is not important just the fact of having an experience in a certain company. The CV should show the achievements you had while working in different places. Just the fact that you have worked somewhere in a company and had a certain task doesn’t mean you are qualified for the new job. Managers and administrators that deal with the job application and interview should ask for the achievements and results of the candidate in the previous jobs and not to consider just the jobs. In CVs, often are written general things, like “god computer knowledge”, or “knowledge on computer base programs”... It is not enough. You should mention the programs you know to use or the network management capability, computer maintenance, the most outstanding knowledge and those you don’t have.

4. How to create a network of people who help us in matters of employment?

You should use every possible way. Your friends, family, cousins, business partners, ex-school friends etc, can help you in this. You should also use every situation to meet new people and draw attention. Such cases may be trainings, part-time jobs, volunteer jobs, participation in non-profitable organizations etc. When such opportunities are created, you should use them to the maximum. Introduce yourself, make the other person understand what you are looking for and ask him if you can meet later to discuss about various issues including your employment.

5. Advantages and disadvantages of the part time job, when you are looking for a full time job?

Part time jobs help you soften financial problems while looking for a job. You could also create contacts, and develop your skills too, gaining working experience. If you are really good, then your part time job can become a springboard for getting a full time job. The only disadvantage is that the part time job takes your full time job seeking time.

6. How to behave in a job interview?

Always think as the person that is interviewing you. Keep in mind the purpose this person has for hiring you. You should show you have the appropriate skills and motivation to work on that task.

You should talk also about your previous experience, skills etc.

7. How honest should we be in a job interview?

As honest as we can. But be careful not to give information that is against you. It depends on the type of question is made to you. In our country, the interviewers in general are not very searching. But this can be to your harm too, since cannot come out all the positive elements you need to get the working place you want. If the employers are foreign, the care must be grater. Care must be taken not to disclose untrue things. This will make you look deceitful even if you tell the truth.

8. What can we do when they say "you're too qualified for the job"?

When an employer says you are too qualified, their concern is if you are really interested for that job. Another reason is to test your motivation for that post, although salary and privileges will be lower than those that fit your qualifications in the labor market. Instead of discussing this issue you should tell the person that the concerns do not stand. You should tell your future employer that you are really motivated and the payment is not the most important thing. You should also tell that by hiring you the company increases its value, because it raises one of the most important assets of the company; the quality of human resources.