In today’s uncertain economy, what will make you stand out as a professional? What will land you a job when there is competition for the same job from other professionals?
A few years ago, Benard Osiolo sought advice on why he wasn’t getting job opportunities. He was advised to change a few things and when he did, he saw the impact that this made on his job applications.
In March 2021, we advertised this accounting job for our client, SkyFoods Limited. This was done on our website and other partner websites. Out of numerous applications received, Benard was able to secure the job.
I caught up with him to understand his journey and seek lessons he has learned that you too can apply to your journey.
Here is his story:
Accounting is filled with many professionals. What makes you unique and different when applying for jobs?
I am an accountant seeking to grow in this profession. I am also willing to explore different positions within the accounting field. The analytical and problem-solving skills I possess make me able to provide accounting information to many areas, making me all-rounded.
How long had you been looking for a job?
The last job I held was contractual. When the contract ended in December of last year (2020), I decided to apply for other jobs and within a few months, I saw this accounting job.
Before the contractual job, however, I had been looking for a job for close to two years. I kept on wondering why I was not landing a job.
I was later advised by a friend to have my CV checked out by professionals and I searched the internet for professional CV writers and Corporate Staffing came as one of the top searches.
I took up the service.
Did anything change for you after that?
Oh yes! I realized how having a professional CV opens doors. I received a few placements and even though not all of them went through, I received a lot of exposure by attending various interviews.
How did you come across this job opportunity?
On the Corporate Staffing website, there is a jobs page where different jobs from various industries are displayed. I went to my area of profession – accounting and came across this particular job.
Having attended various interviews, was this process any different for you?
Having attended a few interviews in the past, I realized that the focus on candidates from employers is on your experience and not necessarily on your educational qualifications.
I went into this interview with the same in mind. I decided to showcase my skills and do my best.
Also, knowing that I was not the only one being interviewed, I presented myself well and made sure I knew what the impact of the role was for both the employer and me.
The truth is first impressions matter. So profess professionalism and make yourself appealing by showcasing the skills you possess.
From your experience, what is your advice to other job seekers?
If you have not been getting jobs, look at your CV ad how it presents you. Also, take up some of the services offered by Corporate Staffing such as CV writing and even interview coaching, and in the end, you’ll be thankful for the exposure this will give you.N.B: DONT Miss Out On Your Next JOB. Register Your CV With US. Click Here To Upload Your CV.. It's FREE.