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5 tips to help you get hired

Searching for work is a hard enough task itself and, unfortunately, many factors that are out of our control can intervene. However, with all the possibilities we have within our reach, we can expand our expectations of finding employment.

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Undoubtedly, the main tool known to human resources departments or people in charge of hiring new staff is the CV. An attractive and well-structured CV can greatly enhance the prospects of any candidate. However, sometimes we forget some important issues that could give us a competitive advantage, such as the following:

1. Not including a cover letter with a CV is one of the biggest mistakes we can make in a job search process. Whether it is an attachment or a few lines in the body of the email in which the CV is attached, pointing out some aspects of our profile and requesting a personal interview can be the essential and decisive factors for our purpose.

2. Getting a job involves competing against other job seekers. Therefore, it is essential to clearly highlight our suitability, above those that can be submitted by others. The hiring managers receive and read hundreds or thousands of job application documents. Highlighting the added value that you can bring to your target company means taking a big step to getting a personal interview.

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3. We can not forget that, today, knowledge in languages ​​is still a very useful tool in the search for employment. Perhaps the position does not specifically require a high level of knowledge for a foreign language, but you will gain many points if you can demonstrate through certificates or diplomas that you have a good grasp of other languages.

4. It is imperative to send a unique and personalised CV for every job application. The appearance of template or document that looks the same for any type of position or company causes a bad image of that candidate in the eyes of the person who handles the selection of staff. Giving a touch of personalisation to the curriculum vitae by adapting it to specific circumstances greatly improves that perception.

5. Professional experience is a basic requirement in many jobs and, as such, you must highlight it in the curriculum vitae. But, it is not enough to only list the names of the jobs and the companies that you have worked for before as you must highlight the work that you actually performed and the professional skills that characterise you. If you know how to customise those skills to the specific needs of the job you choose, you will have a very good advantage over other candidates.

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