There are buzzwords and qualities potential employers are looking for; Adzuna looked through around 500,000 job ads and found that not only does a good attitude overrule skills and experience, but that some skills are on the rise… so whack them on your CV.
Stop worrying about your dodgy degree/lack of degree
Less than 10% of the adverts ask for post-school qualifications, but over half want “organised”, “motivated” and “flexible” candidates. Concentrate on your personality, and link that into why you’d, practically, be the best for the position.
Be a problem solver
There’s a huge demand for “self-starters” and “problem-solvers” so make sure you push that to the fore on your cover letter; is there a gap you could fill? Something the company could do better that you can help with? Let them know.
Don’t underestimate your skillset – Twitter counts!
Don’t worry about your previous experience too much
While just 19 per cent of ads call for past experience, the words “previous experience” trumps any specifics; you don’t need to have done 4 years in the field to apply. If you have school or uni-based experience that fits, then jazz it up and stick it in. Attitude and passion count for much more than a heaving CV.
Know what qualities they want to see
The survey identified ten of the most used and so, you’d presume, most wanted qualities in an employee. So if you’re a dynamic, innovative, flexible, passionate, committed and organised motivator with excellent communication skills and a proven track record, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, be sure to demonstrate you’re as many of the above things as possible (hint: you’re all of them. If unsure, look harder.)
Get yourself a LinkedIn profile, if you haven’t already. And a Pinterest.
The most mentioned social media outlet is, unsurprisingly, LinkedIn with Twitter in second place, Facebook in third and Pinterest making fourth. Which was a bit of a shock, but hey, it’s all good. Companies are expanding, and they’re looking to connect with their audience all the time; if you can convince a company they need a Pinterest, you may just find yourself with a job. So get pinning.
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