We no longer live in the era of a “job for a lifetime”. Adaption and flexibility are key-words for the success of all future workers. The so called “hard skills” might be the first filter in the hiring process, however the demand for “soft” and especially intercultural skills – even though they are difficult to be measured- is becoming more and more higher in today’s job market.
Taking advantage of online tools such as the Europass to prepare a strong professional CV and cover letter, can lead the way to a face-to-face interview. But as the “traditional” path of recruitment no longer exists, candidates should follow a more “integrated job-searching strategy” using social media (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.) to its full potential. The perception of a person’s “personal brand” is formed not only by the conversations with other people but also by his/her promotion on social networks, which is why it’s important for active job seekers to stay alert in keeping their profiles professionally focused.
Being critical, evaluating the job advertisements before deciding to apply for an available post and studying the job offer closely, can help the candidate to tailor his/her resume and cover letter to the specific position, which will greatly improve the chances of getting an interview. Candidates should always keep in mind the importance of making a good first impression, whether digitally or via phone call and of course in face-to-face interviews.