How to sell yourself in the job market

It may interest you  to note that there are more job openings today than there were two decades ago. As a matter of fact there are more job varieties than has ever been in the history of human evolution. However, only about 20% of all job openings are advertised through the main stream print media. This means that there is a large and hidden(no so obvious) job market that most job seekers have no clue about. These job openings are never advertised in the newspapers.

What does this tell you? You may have to wait far too long if you hope to secure a job through the adverts in the mainstream print media. As a job seeker you need to be a little aggressive in your search for your dream job. Make sure that every day, you are building on your network of professionals who are already in the field that you would like to explore.

Volunteer your skills and expertise to assist them in their projects without even expecting any sort of reward. You will be pleasantly surprised that they will be more than wiling to introduce you to the people who have the power and authority to hire. It is so paradoxical that there are employers out there who are currently frustrated because they don’t seem to get the right candidates for the job openings in their organizations.

Your CV is a very crucial document. It is like (and indeed is) a sales brochure and should be a selling document as opposed to a ‘telling document’. The work of a CV is not to get you a job; it is meant to get you an interview for you to sell yourself.  It should not be a list of duties and responsibilities from your previous employment.  It should capture the reader’s attention with the profile highlighting on your skills, experiences and relevant qualifications.

An average recruitment manager spends only about 30 seconds glancing at a CV. Which means that your profile should be loaded with powerful ammunition that will make the prospecting employer want to meet with you. We may not exhaustively explain to you here how to create a winning CV, but it is important that you grasp the fact that you need to give it much of your attention.