This one trick can improve your job search and get you better results


Are you ready to step out and find a job? Are you tired of selling off a piece of your life in return for forgettable pay in a dead-end job? Do you want a job that speaks fluent money with an interesting accent? Sounds good. But is that all you want?  Or do you also want meaningful work?

Personally, I know this. My own experiences can testify. You want a job that you love to get up in the morning and that pays well, has first-class benefits, provides a real sense of self-worth and achievement, doesn’t disappear overnight, and maybe sends you off on pleasant travels periodically. Something where the present makes you feel alive, the future makes you feel optimistic, and the whole thing brings a fuzzy warmth to both you and your bank manager.

Most of the decisions job hunters make are not clear-cut. Thus, you’re not always going to be able to anticipate the correct outcome of the given course of action. This is where much time is wasted. Generally. Because of the understanding job hunters have about the life of the working-class, they procrastinate needlessly. They try to find the job that will in no time translate into their ideals.

In not finding such a job, many have spent much of their time in what I call the land of the living dead. They seem to be alive. Yes. But in reality, they are just sliding through life. They are hopeless about the future. They can’t stomach the fact that some of their peers, are on the go. They see them succeeding. Rather than that motivating them, it deepens their feelings of hopelessness.

A lot has been said about succeeding in the job market. But maybe not much has been said about how to break free from this imaginary land of the living dead. Those jobs, that many covet, are going to people who, with ‘killer’ CVs and self-discipline, have found out how to outrun the pack.

An undeniable and far-reaching global knowledge is that revolution is changing the world of business. In the same breath, business is changing the job market. All of us are susceptible to being made redundant as the Job for Life goes the way of the dodo.

We compose CVs and cover letters daily. We see limited or no success. Common sense tells us that deciding what information to put into your CV shouldn’t be difficult if you remember the basic purpose of those few sheets of paper – you’re showing that you can and will provide benefits to an employer. Every company wants to be able to read your CV, knowing that you’ll be able to ‘do exactly what it says on the tin’. The words of your CV must tell employers just how well you can do the job they want done.

Yet, according to Dr. Rob Yeung in JOB HUNTING AND CAREER CHANGE

By contrast, your Stand Out CV is a specially prepared sales presentation. Created as a sales tool to persuade a potential employer that you’re the best one to do the job you seek, your CV is a self-advertisement that showcases your skills. With a series of well-written statements that highlight your previous work experience, education, and other background information, your CV helps prove what you say about your achievements, accomplishments, and abilities. It tells an employer you have a positive work attitude and strong interpersonal skills.

In every statement, your CV strategically convinces employers that you can do the job, have positive work attitudes, and can get along with others. Your CV – whether stored in the rapidly expanding electronic universe or on paper – helps employers see how they could benefit by interviewing you.

With a change in job market, change in job hunting is inevitable. Change in CVs and other aspects becomes a non-negotiable. Let’s change what needs change; maintain what needs maintaining; and discard what needs discarding.

Happy job hunt!


Teboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.