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Being the right fit for a job isn’t just about having the right qualifications and experience. Employers are also looking for candidates with the right personality traits.
Hard skills, like the ability to use a certain computer programme, are undoubtedly important. But employers also value less tangible skills, like a positive attitude and the ability to empathise.
A recent survey by US jobs website CareerBuilder confirmed this: of 2,138 employers surveyed, 77% said soft skills were just as important as hard skills when evaluating a candidate for a job. 16% said soft skills were more important.
Further research by Stockholm-based employer branding firm Universum investigated the qualities employers are looking for in candidates, and narrowed down the data to five top traits.
These were: professionalism (86% of employers indicated they consider it critical in the hiring process); energy (78%); confidence (61%); independence (58%) and intellectual curiosity (57%).
Here we look at how to adjust your interview tactics to demonstrate these qualities.
Your CV is your first opportunity to impress recruiters. And, as careers websites are only too fond of telling us, recruiters spend on average only a minute or two looking at a CV before deciding whether to progress the candidate’s application.
If you want to avoid being relegated to the ‘no’ pile, it’s vital to make sure your CV hits all the right buttons and includes the stuff that’s going to get you noticed.
A quick Google search will yield an overwhelming amount of information about what’s important on a CV. But don’t worry – we’ve done the hard work for you. Here we reveal what recruiters are really looking for when they glance over your CV.
Writing a CV can be difficult at the best of times. When you’re changing career, it can be even more challenging.
Most of us will go through a career change at some point in our lives. This may be the result of long-held aspirations or the discovery of a new dream. Or it may be for financial or logistical reasons.
Whatever your reasons for changing career, you’re going to need a killer CV. These nine tips will help you impress potential employers and score your dream job.
Over the last few years social media has become a significant presence in our lives. Most of us use it on a daily basis to chat to friends and share information and photographs.
But as well as being an excellent platform for sharing pictures of cats, it can also be a powerful tool for job hunting.
The recent explosion of social networking sites and apps makes it easier than ever to connect to potential employers and find job opportunities.
Websites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook can vastly widen your search and allow you to communicate with recruiters in innovative new ways.
If you want to sidestep overcrowded jobs websites and connect directly with employers, these networks may be the way forward. We'll show you how to use social media to boost your job hunt.
We’ve all been there: day after day spent filling in job applications, an inbox full of polite rejections, the odd interview if you’re lucky.
Chances are most of us will go through a long, drawn-out job search at some point in our lives. It’s easy to become disheartened and lose motivation when it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere.
Staying positive is the key to pushing through those tough times and landing yourself a job. Not only will it make you feel better, you’ll also come across more enthusiastic in interviews if you have a positive attitude.
Here are six ways to stay positive while job hunting…
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