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Job Searching Tips Inspired By The Rugby World Cup

Published: Friday 18th September 2015

rugby player holding a a rugby ball in the field

The Rugby World Cup is due to kick off in Twickenham later today, featuring 20 teams from around the world. Rugby is a very competitive game that features a combination of strength, speed, and strategy to beat the opponent. How does your job search compare to the rugby?

Be Prepared

Rugby players will have to keep training before each game and you will have to keep preparing for each step in your job searching process. When you get invited to an interview, it’s important to remember that this is not only an opportunity to impress with your amazing personality, but your skills too. Show that you are professional and do your research. Prepare for the toughest interview questions and write down some questions to ask the employer at the end of your interview.

Have The Right Equipment

Just like rugby players will need to make sure to pack their boots, mouth guard and padding for every game, you will have to have the right equipment for every interview. This includes wearing the right outfit to meet potential employers.

Think Tactics

It’s often said that ‘you need to know the rules before you can break them’. Creating tactics is what makes a team win games. Team players need to know each other as well as they know their opponents. It’s only when they are aware of their opponents’ strengths, that they can develop ways of working around this. And it’s only when they know their own weaknesses, that they can improve them. The job search can be very similar. Know your strengths and weakness and find a way of selling your own brand.

Have A Team Around you
You don’t need to go about finding a job on your own. The job searching process can be hard at times and it definitely helps to connect with the people around you for support. Talking to your family and friends is likely to keep you more motivated and it will help with your confidence too. It can also be very helpful to connect with people on networking websites, such as LinkedIn, to learn about new developments and opportunities within your chosen industry. Attending job fairs and other events can also provide great networking opportunities.

Prepare For A Scrum
In a rugby scrum, the two teams playing interlock and battle it out to get the ball. The interviewing process can feel a little bit like this too. Although it’s important to show your ability to be part of a team, your job search is a competitive undertaking. Make sure that you stand out from all the other candidates. You are the best and you need to show it!

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