By Marli Naidoo
Finding a job is not an easy task. It also is hard work, it can be highly stressful and it can exhaust you emotionally. It therefore is important not to waste your time by using ineffective methods.
You may respond online to advertisements by employers. This method has been very successful for some jobseekers. However, your chances are slim to get a job this way. Industries where you could be more successful following the online route are technical or computer-related placements and work in engineering, finance or healthcare. But still your chances are slim.
Sending your CV to all and sundry also is not effective. Your CV is likely to end up somewhere in a database and will disappear among thousands of other CVs.
Reacting to newspaper advertisements could be more successful.
A good employment agency can help you find a job, with the emphasis on the word “good”. With this method, success largely depends on the effectiveness of the agency’s staff. Beware of agencies that do people in. A good consultant will succeed in getting a job for up to 24% of her clients.
One of the most effective ways to get a job is to ask relatives, friends and acquaintances whether they know of any employers who are looking for (or who can make use of) your talents, background, training and work experience. This method is five times more effective than merely distributing your CV.
The most effective method, achieving up to 47% success, is to visit the employer, office or factory. This is seven times more effective than sending your CV. Make sure you speak to the person who is making the decisions. Phone and make an appointment. Make sure you know what the business offers or manufactures, dress decently, be friendly and speak clearly.
It is not easy going from door to door to submit your CV or phoning and making appointments. This is, however, the most effective way to look for a job. Be prepared to work hard, and never give up.
Also make sure your CV is clean and neat, with no spelling errors.
Career Planet: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/page/tips-for-handing-out-your-cv