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Getting a Job

We have talked about the important things that you need to pay attention to if you are working while studying. This time, let's talk about how to get a job successfully.

Application

Everything starts with a good resume. Employers does not know who you are, how you look like, your personality, your strengths etc. Your resume is the first thing they see. As such, you have to work hard on the resume first. Here are some hints for you:

  • Resume should not have more than 2 pages
  • Best with a covering letter of 1 page
  • Highlight your strengths that will meet the requirements of the job
  • Check spelling
  • Address the position title clearly and correctly
  • Address to the right person
  • Don't send standardized resume, no one will be interested to read an irrelevant resume

Job Interview

You are just one-step behind of getting a job when you have the chance for interview. Your performance in the interview will be the sole factor determining whether you get the job or not. Before the interview, you should:

  • Study the advertisement again - duties and requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with your own resume - interviewers usually pick questions from your resume
  • Research about the company's information (e.g. website)

Prepare to answers questions like

  • introduce yourself
  • your previous work experience
  • your strengths and weakness
  • what type of person will fit this job
  • why you think you are suitable for this job

Dress properly - be formal if this is an office job

Make sure you look tidy

Have a good night sleep before the interview

Follow-up

No matter you think you can get the job or not, you should follow-up with the interviewer:

  • Send a thank you letter / email for having a chance for interview
  • Reiterate your strengths that can meet the requirements of the position
  • Asking for feedback on your performance which will help your future interviews

In short, be prepared and be confident good luck to finding to your ideal job!