26 February 2018

How to land the perfect job

Pengbo Jiang
Chinese Graduate

Landing the perfect new job is always challenging and job hunting is never fun.

I have recently started work for a new company, if you would like to start your job search off on the right foot, here are my suggestions:

1. Create a strong CV that is tailored to suit

No two jobs will be exactly the same. Always adapt your curriculum vitae (CV), also known as a resume, to suit an individual employer or a particular sector or industry to get the best results from your job hunting. Relevance is crucial. When you are applying for a role, make sure you have checked your CV against the advertisement and look for any potential improvements you can make. There is no such thing as a unique CV for all jobs you are applying for. 

2. Be an effective job hunter

Trying different ways to find a job gives you a better chance of succeeding. Besides using job search sites (eg. Seek and Trade Me Jobs), you can also talk to your family, friends and other people you know who can help you with job leads or a referral. Remember to take every opportunity you can to get your foot in the door. 

3. Create your public career brand through LinkedIn

You should consider getting potential employers to come to you by creating your public career brand through LinkedIn. Building your LinkedIn profile simply means showcasing your areas of expertise and conveying who you are as a professional publicly in order to open doors to more career opportunities.

4. Prepare for job interviews

Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so before you get called for your interview, it would be useful to develop responses to common interview questions and practice them. The more prepared you are, the better you will do and the more likely you will be to succeed.

I hope you all find these job hunting tips useful.

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Pengbo Jiang
Chinese Graduate

Pengbo currently works as an Associate Director at Bank of China. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Management from Massey University. Pengbo is an ex-international student. He started volunteering at his age of 12 and has donated thousands of hours to numerous community organisations and projects. Pengbo was also a recent recipient of a Kiwibank Local Hero Award for Wellington 2017. *Views expressed are the blogger's own