Hey guys sanjana here, welcome back to my channel hope you guys are all doing really well. If you're new to my channel then welcome, i do a lot of study, career and money related videos. If that's something of interest to you, then please do subscribe to my channel down below and be sure to follow me on my instagram as well success by sanjana. As you can tell by the title of today's video, i wanted to talk through some of the key points and some of the key things that one should do before applying for a job. So this is a bit of a checklist in terms of the preparation that you need to have done before. You actually apply for a job or even go for an interview. So i'm going to talk through some of the key checklist items which are very important and you must follow in order to secure yourself a job.

So if you are interested, then please keep watching so the first one i'm going to start off with is to create your linkedin account. If you don't have a linkedin account, you are already behind the 84, like you need to make sure that you've got this updated. What you want to do is make sure you've updated your profile picture. The profile picture has to be a true representation of yourself in you know your current state and your current appearance, you want it to be a professional photo. You don't want to. You know, obviously be wearing casual clothes, especially if you're applying for a job within the corporate world. You want to make sure you know you're, maybe wearing a blazer, a suit, something like that. That really shows off that you've got a professional sort of a vibe about you. You want to make sure you update your bio as well. This is very important. This sort of gives the recruiter or the employer the potential to sort of gauge what you are as a person, and you can write down what you're currently doing, what you've studied your hobbies, your interests, things like that and in terms of career progression, where you see Yourself in the next couple of years, this really gives a good introduction to the recruiters which are potentially going to be

You know obviously looking at your profile entirely, but if you can give this bio section this, you know brief description about yourself. Then this really sort of sets the tone for what's to come. Also in terms of updating your linkedin, you want to make sure that your profile is actually updated in terms of your job history. Your job history is very important. It must be in reverse chronological order. I believe linkedin already does that for you. So that's that's convenient um, but you want to make sure your jobs are updated. You can include jobs from, however long you like, but um just make sure that the information that's on there is actually relevant applicable to your future jobs as well.

You don't want to have maybe, like you know, pizza shop there, if you're, applying for an accounting role, for example, so just make sure it's all relevant. All the dates have been updated and make sure that you've got um dot points on there, as well as to what tasks you've actually completed when you were working at these organizations or firms or wherever you have your work. Experience from you want to include some of the things that you are responsible for some of the achievements as well, because this is definitely very important now, that's your linkedin side of things that you need to take care of. The next thing you must do is to update your cv or your resume. This must be the most updated recent cv um. It must be very relevant and it's now time to you know, sit there and delete things which are no longer applicable. For example, if you've already got a university degree, then you don't need to have your high school education on there.

That is no longer applicable. You'Ve already attained that university, you know certificate or graduation, so that is the most relevant information that should be on your cv. This is a perfect time to update your contact details, personal details, update your career objective as well um. This is good to sort of align to your linkedin profile as well and again just make sure the job history or the work experience history that you've got There is all relevant and again in reverse chronological order. Moving on to the next point, you want to make sure that you tidy up your social media accounts. You don't want people or recruiters to find that you know your profile is public, for example, and you've got photos. For example, you know pictures of you partying it up or you know, inappropriate, clothing, etc. So you just want to make sure that you tidy this up. Of course, this is no issue, you know, if that's what you want to keep out there, but you need to keep in mind that, if you're applying for a job - and it is a reputable organization - they're not going to want to see um - you know pictures of You like that out there so just be mindful of that, and if you do have a lot of pictures like that, then maybe keep your profile private, but yeah definitely keep in mind that people are always looking at your profiles.

All of your social media accounts, In fact, that is like the first thing that they look at these days. You know do a little bit of snooping behind the scenes, trying to figure out what type of person you are, and you know whether you're a good fit for the organization or not So definitely update your facebook. You know your instagram snapchats anything like that and do a bit of a google search on yourself as well, because this is always very interesting to see what comes up with your name and you obviously don't want anything. Um

You know inappropriate to come up when they do search for your name, also in terms of social media. This is probably a good time for you to build your social media presence, your personal or professional brand if you've got a hobby or an interest that you like doing then be sure to you know, put that out. There make your profile public if you're an avid book reader, maybe you've got like a side hustle about. Maybe you've got another instagram page um on that as well. So you want to show different aspects of your life as well and show that you are a sort of multi-talented person and you can multitask um. You know with a few different things going on at the same time. So having a personal or professional brand is, i think, is very important, so this is perfect for when the recruiter or the employer asks you um, you know what is it outside of work or study that you do, and this is where you can bring up your Hobbies your interests - and this is definitely going to put you ahead of the rest of the candidates, because you've got something else and more to show so before applying for a job.

You want to make sure you've got your work wardrobe in order, i'm speaking for the ladies. You want to make sure you've got. You know simple white business shirt. You want a blazer, maybe a skirt or a nice pair of pants, maybe some heels, maybe some loafer style shoes and make sure you've got a very sort of simple work. Appropriate outfit put together, so my camera had just died a little bit, but back to what we were saying, you want to make sure you've got a good set of clothes there that are professional um. You want to showcase that you know you obviously put in some effort for the potential interviews that you've got face to face, or you know be it online as well, and for the guys you want to make sure that you've got

You know a well-fitted um suit, A blazer, perhaps a tie as well um, and you want to just look like you've, obviously made an effort, clean and polished and moving on to the next one. You want to make sure that you've got a bank or a list of questions ready to you know, answer and also ask the employer at the end of your interview. This is very important because you want to make sure you've got answers for pretty much all the questions that do come up to you.

You don't want to answer a question which you've never answered before. That, then leads to you not being you know, prepared not having an answer and maybe stuttering so just to avoid that try to write down as many questions as you can and just create some answers for them, and i think that'll really really help and what you Can do is just practice from these questions as well record yourself. Answering these questions and then watch yourself and critique yourself as well, and just see you know, is your body language. Okay, is your posture? Okay, are you smiling? Are you using your hands a lot things like that you'll be able to sort of um get a really good gauge off. If you do record yourself and obviously before even going to the interview stage, you want to make sure that you've created a list of job adverts or postings, which you want to actually apply for.

This is very important because you can sort of understand as well What type of job descriptions there are out there, and these can actually also be used to tailor your cv as well. So i think making a list of you know maybe 10 to 15 or even 20 job postings that you want to apply for and always have that sort of running list going will really just make it easy for when it comes to you know, applying you don't Want to sit there one day and just you know have to look for all of these postings again um. You want to just keep compiling a list until you actually get the job so guys. Those are the quick tips that i wanted to mention um. You know just to get yourself ready for 2021 in terms of the job and also getting yourself ready to apply for the job and partake in the interview as well. So i hope you guys found this informative um and if you did, then please give this video a thumbs up and do leave a comment down below to