Cooper Fitch Dubai


September 14, 2016

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail...

It is an old cliché but it is one that really holds true when seeking a job. Anyone that has been into weight training at the gym is told this over and over again.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail...
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai

All food prepping is to be done on the weekend to ensure you keep your diet perfect. If you prep your meals in advance and train hard in the gym you will get that six pack that you are working towards.

So how can you fail to prepare whilst finding a new job?

Your CV

Many people make one CV and send it to 100 different companies. It's a case of being 'click-happy' on so many jobs they forget which jobs they have even applied for. Sound familiar?

Every job you apply for is a different role with different requirements.That is your one way street to failure.

Every job you apply for is a different role with different requirements. You may think you are suitable for the role but unless you highlight your experience for that particular role in your CV the trash icon will be the only icon visible. Recruiters get hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants to go through on any given day or week. It takes us less than a minute to review a CV and check if this candidate is suitable or not.

If you want your application to stand out do the following

  • Write a summary of your experience to the role to the recruiter and why you are applicable to that particular role.
  • Re-write your CV for every single job you are applying for – one size does not fill all in this case.
  • Read the job description and use some of the key words they use to reflect that you are right for the role.

The Interview

So you did a great job on your CV and you got selected for the position and have been invited to the interview.  Well done! The amount of times I’ve had candidates turn up unprepared not knowing anything about the company, or turning up late for an interview because they got lost, or were wearing a shirt that looks like it’s never seen an iron is unbelievable.

Follow these tips to ensure you are more then prepared for your interview.

  • Research the company – sounds simple but it’s so often overlooked.
    • Find out who the company’s competitors are.
    • Research the person that is interviewing you. Go that extra step and look into the companies they worked in previously.
    • If possible look at the company’s financial reports; their share value.
    • We live in a world of available and accessible information at the touch of a button. Not spending an hour, at least, researching everything you can on the interviewee or the company is an immediate rejection even if you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Your route to the interview. Is it a place you’ve never been to before?
    • Do a test run. Lateness for an interview is seriously frowned upon.
    •  At the same time don’t turn up an hour early as it might give the impression you don’t value your time. 10 minutes before the interview is arriving on time, arriving on time for your interview is being late!
  • Get your clothes ready for the interview the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. Do a test run. Try them on. Ladies, I would go as far as to say get all your accessories out the night before; earrings; necklaces; shoes and handbags ready. Gentleman, get your ties; cuff-links etc all out and ready the night before. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll sleep knowing everything is out and ready for the morning and you are organised.                                                                                                                                                                        

Never has a truer statements been made more transparent when it comes to looking for a new job.  


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