Applying for a position
When considering applying for a position first make sure you read the job description thoroughly and ascertain your suitability i.e. are you a good match? You do not need a 100% match with all of the skills and experience listed but the more you have the greater your chances are of being shortlisted.
Is the position right for you? Ask yourself appropriate questions. Do you like the sound of the work? Are there any limitations or drawbacks? Is the commute to work practical for your personal and family circumstances? Be honest with yourself upfront as this will save you anguish later on if you have not thought through your commitment to applying for the position.
Create a bespoke CV
Adjust your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to highlight the matching requirements. Your CV should contain all your direct relevant experience for the position. Focus on aspects of your skills and experience that best match the requirements of the position you’re applying for, and diminish those topics that seem irrelevant. This can take time but it is highly beneficial to your chances of progressing further, as it will by definition promote your profile. The more concise you can be the better. Be clear about what you are stating and take out any unnecessary wording. Your CV should ideally be no more than 3 pages long, unless there is accumulated history of direct relevant experience that needs to remain.
What should be in a CV?
There are many CV formats available. Each with its benefits and drawbacks. Choose one that best suits you. However, there is some basic information that needs to be included within the CV. Listed below is what your CV should contain.
Personal details: Name, Location, Contact Details
Work experience: What companies have you already worked for? What did your work there consist of? You should list this information in chronological order. Start with your most recent professional experience.
Education: This should include all tertiary education, qualifications and any training, certified or not, that are relevant to your IT education.
Relevant skills: List out all your IT and soft skills applicable to the application
Employment History: List the companies you have worked for including job title, roles and responsibilities and duration in date order (most recent first). Include a description of the role and duties carried out.
References: Include the names and contact details of at least 2 of your previous employers so that they can be contacted for references.
When applying for a position forward your CV in Word or PDF format. These are standard accepted document formats across the recruitment industry.
Preparing for an Interview
Plan ahead: Give yourself time to prepare ahead of the interview.
Telephone interview: Make sure you know exactly when and make sure you are ready and waiting. Take yourself away to an area that is quiet and make sure you have a good signal on your mobile.
Skype/Internet interview: Prepare as above and ensure that all internet connections are working ahead of the interview time. Make sure you are dressed appropriately!
Face-to-face interview: Prepare as above. Make sure you know where and when the interview is and how to get there. Give yourself time to get there and plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the Interview.
Do your research: Be sure that you know as much as possible about the company
Dress Code: Make sure you are not too casual and not too smart. Not even politicians wear ties these days. Unless you are applying for a senior management position in which case executive dress is more appropriate.
Be prepared: Have a situation in mind that you’ve been through in your work or life that demonstrates the skills you’ve outlined on your CV.
Show your enthusiasm: Let your interviewer know that you’re keen, willing to work hard and confident to carry out the work
Stay Calm: If you are really enthusiastic and genuine, you’ll make a good impression.