WHY FINDING A JOB IS A JOB IN ITSELF!
Raise your hand if you’re one of the many thousands of people who put together what they think is an adequate CV, photocopy it and then send the same CV to ALL companies be it an accountancy firm or oil company i.e. no matter the company, sector or are of specialism, the same CV is sent to all? Is this you? Well, let me tell you that your “one size fits all” CV which you are pretty proud of (after all it requires little effort from you apart from changing the name of an HR manager on the cover letter) could be bad for your mental being. Why? Because after so many rejections, it is only natural that you will start to feel down .
Let me give you a tip as an HR insider. This “one size fits all” CV is a BIG MISTAKE! That CV is recognised by HR staff a hundred miles before it lands on their desks. It looks as tired, fed up and de-motivated as the person sending it. As the title above says, finding a job is a job in itself. Sure, companies know that when you are applying to them for jobs that you are also applying to other companies too but please, must you make this so obvious by forgetting to change the name of the company, the HR person or the job title? To write to someone at Company A (which specialises in soft drinks) using a letter which you had addressed to Company B (which specialises in hospital equipment) shows laziness on your part and is inexcusable. In addition, do you really think it is advisable to send the same CV to a soft drinks company as you would a hospital equipement company?
Another thing, are you also one of those guilty of applying for 4-5 jobs in the SAME company with levels ranging from graduate intern to Managing Director (yes, sadly candidates do apply for intern or trainee jobs as well as Managing Director jobs sometimes even sending the same letter! If this is you, then you need to change your job search strategy and attitude. Each job application must be customised according to the job details. The job details are the key to the palace. Remember, it is not what YOU think the company is looking for but rather, what THEY (the company) is actually looking for. So read the job details – there’s a reason companies go to the trouble of drawing these up!