If you're interested in a fresh start in 2018, now is the time to get ahead with your job search. With the current buoyant, candidate driven market, talent is in high demand and it is an ideal time to secure a new role.
With the New Year fast approaching, many people will already be in the ‘new job’ frame of mind and it's a good idea to start your job search so that you’ve put the wheels in motion and can start the New Year knowing you’re in the a good position.
Before making a career move or taking on a fresh challenge, you may want to think about some of the following to help give your chances a boost...
Do your research
Before you start reviewing and updating your CV, you need to consider what it is that you actually want to do! Take some time to research the types of jobs or companies you would like to work for. What are the types of roles you are interested in? What are your short and long-term career goals? How do you plan to get to where you want to be?
By intially looking at the basics, you’ll set yourself a clear goal which will help make your job search as efficient and productive as possible.
Speak to others
It’s worth asking those close to you professionally and personally as to what they think are your strengths and weaknesses; they may have considered something that you haven’t. They might also be able to offer guidance about certain sectors or roles.
Speaking to a good recruitment consultant is also a great idea as being experts in their particular sectors they will be able to give you the best advice and help you with your search.
Review and tailor your CV
It’s important to review your CV before applying for any jobs, and if you haven’t been in the job market and sent your CV out for some time, it’s especially important as it may be outdated. It’s also worth considering tailoring your CV to each of the roles you are applying for; many people have a few different versions of their CV because job descriptions and specifications differ from role to role. It may take time to tailor your CV but the results will be worth it.
Ensure that your CV is not too long or too short, but lays out the key information cleanly and clearly. Also, don’t try and apply for too many roles at the same time; this can get confusing. Instead think quality over quantity and just apply for the jobs that you’re really keen on.
Make sure all the appropriate information is included in your CV for each page (use a template it required) and detail any specific achievement you wish to shout about; such as an award or certification, a project you have undertaken, anything you have taken responsibility for or a strategy you have implemented.
Broaden your search
The number one job search strategy is through internet search, which means you may well be up against a lot of competition for certain roles with many applications. It is thus important to get the above points right to make sure your CV/cover letter stands out from the crowd.
This is also where a recruiter can come in and assist in your job search. A good recruiter will hand select only relevant roles suited to your skill set and experience level, and can put you in front of a number of companies that you may not have had any access to otherwise. They will also offer guidance and help through the whole process from initial contact to interview process. At MVP Search & Selection we are proud to work in close contact with all of our candidates and clients alike, and aim to offer an unrivalled service to everyone we work with.
Don’t discount the more traditional methods of finding a job, such as networking and direct approaches. A number of job vacancies never make it as far as job boards or recruiters, and often the only way to know about them is by talking directly to employers and their employees. Making contact with industry personnel by attending networking events, speaking to previous colleagues and calling target employers directly are ways in which you can look for a new position.
Use Social Media
Making contact via LinkedIn or another platform can be advantageous too but ensure your communication is professional and that your profile is looking sharp and up to date! This is especially important for LinkedIn but also it goes for all social media accounts – these are a reflection of you, so make sure they are up to date and truthful, and remove anything that could be considered as offensive or unfavourable.
Follow companies you are interested in and join relevant industry forums or groups to keep abreast of what is going on.
Be proactive and professional
It can be hard to stay proactive if you’re applying for jobs and not getting the responses you hoped for or expected. But don’t lose momentum and try to keep motivated. Keep going!
If you’re working with a recruitment consultant and they don’t have anything suitable at the current time, tell them about the companies you are interested in working for, as they may well have connections and willing to contact companies directly to sound out any potential future opportunities. Make sure you follow up any applications you have made if you have not heard back from them within a specific time as this shows you are both proactive and professional in your job search.
Ensure you are available via phone or email, and if you can’t answer have a voicemail set up so you can return any important calls relating to your job search and applications. Reply as swiftly as possible to contact from potential employers such as further queries about your details or importantly, and invite to interview!
Follow up after your interviews
Following up after an interview is important as it shows professionalism and can help your interview remain fresh in the employer’s mind. It is a good idea to send a short email to thank them for the opportunity to interview you and let them know that you’re looking forward to hearing from them. Obviously, you hope for good news, but even if it is not you may have prompted them to let you know sooner rather than later so you can continue in your search!
The start of a New Year really can be the jump start you need to move on in your career – good luck!