FMCG Professionals: Successful Job Hunting Tips
Whether you’re testing the waters or wholeheartedly jumping in to find a new job, it’s important to understand how competitive the FMCG market really is. Although, as a seasoned professional, it may not be news to you. Thus, in order to make your experience less stressful and more enjoyable, we thought it would be fitting to offer important job hunting tips to give you the best chance at a brand new FMCG career path.
1. Keep your CV up to date
It’s important to ensure that you have a relevant and up to date CV, instead of sending the same one you’ve been sending for years. Highlight your recent experiences and targets achieved (if you’re in sales) in order to showcase how good you are at your job. Remember, your CV is the only piece of paper standing between you and an interview. The employer doesn’t know you apart from what’s written in your CV, so keep it relevant.
2. Apply for relevant roles
As much as you may want to try out different departments, it’s important to apply for roles that you’re qualified for or have experience in. It’s also important to avoid applying for various roles at the same company as it may hinder your chances for a first interview. Remember, each role has different responsibilities and skills sets. Although not impossible, it’s highly unlikely that you’re able to successfully work in different roles.
3. Outline your strengths and weaknesses
First and foremost, the employer wants to know how you’re able to benefit their company by successfully outlining your strengths and weaknesses. It may not be something you’d like to admit, but we all have weaknesses. It’s important to be honest and avoid the cliché answer of “my biggest weakness is that I tend to work too hard.” Let’s be honest, recruiters and potential employers see straight through that.
4. Conduct thorough research
Always do your research before attending an interview. It’s important to know something about the company you’re interviewing for. Chances are, they will ask you questions pertaining to their company. Investigate their social media profiles, read up on industry news, and spruce up your general knowledge. It can help you more than hinder you.
5. Find a reputable recruitment agency
Large FMCG companies tend to recruit through reputable recruitment agencies, instead of trying to struggle through the masses searching for a job. Thus, it’s important (in this particular industry) to find a reputable recruitment agency to help you find your perfect job. They know all the right pool in all the right places, so it’ll be your best bet at a new beginning.