How to begin

How to begin looking for a job – make a plan
• The first step to finding your dream job is to determine what that „dream“ really is. We know it’s a lot easier to say than do, but don’t worry, we will help you figure it out.
• How to begin looking for a job – make a plan
• How to succeed at an interview

If you want to begin, you have three general possibilities

  • Stay in the same type of job – in the same industry.
  • Look for a similar job, but in a different industry.
  • Completely change the position for self-employed activities and an alternative lifestyle. Even if you are preparing to do a similar type of job, it is very important that you are able to recognize the right choice when it comes along. If you are looking for a career change, it’s even more important to carefully consider the possibilities.

Consider your lifestyle

  • The right balance between work and private life
  • Your commitments
  • Your financial obligations
  • Your preferences and interests

Think about your strengths and what you are looking for

  • Describe your skills, values and style of work.
  • Identify your interests (eg. Practical, investigative, artistic, social or business).
  • Think about you want to get out of the new job.
  • Don’t forget about your option to get free advice from GANDER consultants.

If you want to begin, you have three general possibilities

  • Stay in the same type of job – in the same industry.
  • Look for a similar job, but in a different industry.
  • Completely change the position for self-employed activities and an alternative lifestyle. Even if you are preparing to do a similar type of job, it is very important that you are able to recognize the right choice when it comes along. If you are looking for a career change, it’s even more important to carefully consider the possibilities.

Write and excellent resume

Your resume should be a current, lively, well-arranged and complete document. Employers do not have time to read between the lines or for slow and cumbersome text.

Remember that the reader of your resume is interested in two very basic questions

  • Can you do the required work?
  • Will you be suitable for the company? How will you fit in?

Make sure that the answer to both of these questions is “yes”

  • Make sure that your resume matches what the company is looking for.
  • Be sure that your skills meet the company’s needs.
  • Point out the value that your employment would bring to the company.

Be careful of the language and the format

  • Avoid long sentences.
  • Use more direct sentences.
  • Be careful of the time-chronology.

Design

  • Create a clear overview format with plenty of white spaces and wide margins.
  • Use the same font throughout the entire document.
  • Use font size 10 to 12 in the body of the text and for headings use a maximum size of 14.
  • Number of pages – two, maximum three.

Personal information

  • Provide your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address – if you have a website, it’ll bring added value to your application.

Work experience

  • Start with your current or last job and work backwards.
  • Provide job titles, start and end dates, the name of the company and a brief description of what the company does.
  • Provide a list of relevant responsibilities, achievements, and tasks and skills describing the scope of your work.
  • If you’ve had many jobs or a long career, it would be better to include them all under a comprehensive heading such as “previous employers” or “previous career”.

Qualification, trainings, development

  • This is usually found at the end of the resume.
  • Do not forget to list professional and academic qualifications and degrees and positions of leadership.
  • Include skills such as languages, IT and professional trainings.

References and recommendations

  • These should include names and contact information.
  • Take a look at the next part: How to succeed at an interview.
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