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Why Job Hunting is Like Baking a Cake #GBBO

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Why Job Hunting is Like Baking a Cake #GBBO

With the exciting launch of Great British Bake Off  (it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I was definitely eager to see it!) I have been thinking about cake rather a lot this week. As something of a cupcake-maker myself I’ve watched the contestants produce scrumptious showstoppers and tasty technical challenges in awe every week of previous seasons. I expect this one to be no different.

Now as much as GBBO has taught me to improve my baking skills, it has also taught me some great life skills which can be applied to job hunting. Don’t believe me? Keep reading!

Preparation is key

From researching the company, to planning your CV and application, it is vital to make sure you use your time wisely in your job search. Get all the ingredients laid out and ready before you start anything. This means have notes ready and in front of you for a phone interview or researching the company fully before a face to face interview.


As mentioned before you need to make sure you have all the ingredients for your perfect recipe to success. If the jobs you are applying for or interested in are asking you to have a certain qualification or experience of a specific package, you will need to try to get this or at least show willingness to work towards it.

Collaborative working

Much like the technical challenge in Great British Bake Off it is ok to talk to people about what you are doing. It may be a competition (they’re trying to win a trophy and you’re trying to get a job) but that doesn’t mean you cannot support each other. You never know who might know the perfect person to help you with your job search

Decoration and presentation

Making sure you and your CV look good is key to job hunting success. Presenting yourself well doesn’t mean you have to be a showstopper, but try to be the best you can be so that you stand out from the crowd of other plates. It can be scary to put yourself out there but you have to go for it!

You can’t please everyone

You cannot please everyone all the time and you’ll probably burn yourself out if you do! As the Great British Bake Off contestants discovered, bakes that were too boozy for Paul were perfect for Mary.  You cannot always please everyone, just do your best!

And finally believe in yourself!

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