The north-east jobs market has become more competitive than ever, with Clark Integrated Technologies reporting a two-fold increase in the number of speculative job inquiries it receives from job hunters.
The Turriff-based firm has also found every advertised job vacancy generates a bumper mailbag and bulging inbox.
With increased demand for every vacancy advertised it does make it harder for job seekers to shine out for the crowd.
Young people in particular, who lack work experience, may find it a struggle to gain a foot on the career ladder.
Giving local youngsters a start in the world of work is part of the ethos of Clark IT, and in the past year, the firm has taken on three apprentices, with plans to recruit another in the months ahead.
“We’re particularly keen to offer openings to young people from the local area, who may otherwise have to leave to advance their prospects,” said Margo Robertson, Clark IT’s commercial director.
“Young people who lack in practical work skills may find they need to work harder in this competitive jobs market if they want to be considered for positions.”
Margo offers a few simple points of help in preparing an application to a business, or to get ready for an interview:
Sell yourself – you may not have relevant work experience, but you will have other things you can flaunt. Think about your involvement in any volunteer activities, part-time work, outside activities, sport. What skills do you have? What have you learned?
Back up your statements with facts – it’s easy to say you’ve got good communication skills but can you prove it? Think of real life experiences that demonstrate this. This is particularly relevant in interview situations.
Research – read up about the company, what they do and where they are. Prepare questions and think about why you want the job – demonstrating a passion and desire to work with a company goes a long way
Review - Take care to review and check written material before submitting it. First impressions can stick and you want to be remembered for the right reasons!
Body language - In an interview situation, don’t slouch, sitting up straight and slightly forward demonstrates interest, maintain eye contact, dress for the occasion