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Top Tips That Create A Good Impression by Job Seeker On Employers And Reward By Getting Shortlisted

With so many graduating out of universities, job seeking competition has increased two fold or even thrice since most labour force especially in Kenya is able and willing to work but remain unemployed. As such job vacancies in Kenya remain highly competitive and once advertised for, employers receive a large number of applications from potential employees. 

Now employers usually come up with their own check list of what they are looking for in applicants. Short listed candidates are normally the ones who have succeeded in meeting the different requirements of their potential employers and won their favour by their first impressions portrayed in the respective applicant's curriculum vitae, application letters and other attached documents. Courtesy: JSC panel 2019

I'll focus on how to get you (as a job applicant) shortlisted hence you could pick a useful point or two. Note the following points:

1. Ensure that your CV is in line with the advertised job that you are looking for. For example, say the job advertised for is that of a data clerk. Clearly show the data clerk experience and not the experience you have as a typist.

2. Job applicants are normally many as earlier stated. As such, give the employer as easy time while he/she goes through your CV. Suppose you were a teacher between January 2008 to December 2012. Calculate this time and indicate after the stated info with a short dash " - 5years." This small detail goes a long way into making your potential employer have an easy time going through your CV hence have a good impression on you. 

3. Avoid carrying a CV format directly from the internet and using it. Get to know what the employer is looking for from the advert. You can then decide wether to use the general CV format or the specific experience based CV. A general CV may at times contain irrelevant details can have your impression lowering. 

4. Attached all relevant documents. Suppose you're applying to become an institution's sports coach. Attaching a good top catering certificate that you received as catering manager years back is irrelevant to the field of work you're applying for now. 

Also worth noting during a the actual interview is that you answer question asked by the interviewing panel at writing speed. Not too fast, not too slow. When you feel that you have to think a little before giving an answer, you can engage the interviewing board by politely asking them to repeat the question. However, don't over do this. 

Let me know what you think about said tips. 

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