Searching for a job can often be a tedious and time consuming process, registering with numerous job boards and searching and applying for jobs. So we want to offer you some advice on where to put your focus, which will help you towards achieving a more successful application.
In this article we take a look at the three key elements that will enhance your chances of achieving that all important interview, so you can get in front of the decision maker and make your case as to why you are the perfect fit for the role and the business!
Tailor your CV
We really can’t stress enough how important it is for your CV to fit the job you are applying for. We appreciate that this means you may need more than one CV during your job search. But sticking to the ‘one CV fits all method’ just won’t cut it when you are up against other candidates who are putting the effort into tailoring their CV for the same job.
Moving jobs is a big thing, so you need commit time and effort to your job search and the job application process. The best way to make sure your CV fits the job you’re applying for is to take time to read through the job spec and make sure your CV matches the key requirements, skills and experience that the employer is looking for. This helps the person reading your application to easily cross reference your CV with the job spec and decide that you have the necessary requirements to do the job.
If you haven’t got a LinkedIn profile then the first thing you should do is set one up. LinkedIn is pretty much the go to place for any employer or recruitment consultant when it comes to finding talent. It’s essentially your online CV, as it includes your work history and education. It also includes added extras such as recommendations and skill endorsements.
If you already have a LinkedIn profile then we suggest you make sure it is fully up to date before you start applying for jobs, so if an employer or recruitment consultant does take a look, they will see that it mirrors what is on your CV.
Work closely with a recruitment agency
Working with a recruitment agency you trust is genuinely a huge benefit and can massively increase your chance of securing the perfect new role. Having a Consultant proactively working with, who fully understands what you are looking for in your next role can only be a good thing right? Plus, agencies will have opportunities that aren’t always advertised, often consultants will have an understanding with hiring managers that if a candidate becomes available, that would fit their business, then they would like to speak with them.
Need more CV advice?
We have written a number of articles about how to create a CV that will help you stand out from the crowd and actually help to show of your ability, knowledge and skills. Below we have listed a few of the most popular articles we have written:
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