Finding employment, whether you are looking for a new role, joining the workforce for the first time or re-joining after a period of absence, can be a frustrating process for many people.
To help you in your search, here are eight tips and tricks as chosen by Stafffinders award-winning Recruitment Consultants.
1. Don’t apply for every job that vaguely matches your skills and experience
When looking for work, it is not a case of applying for every role that vaguely matches your skills and experience. It’s a waste of time and can make you appear desperate and unfocused on what you want.
Instead, carefully review adverts and tailor an application (see below) to roles which not only match your skill set and experience but also get you excited about working in such a role.
If you are in need of immediate employment, temporary work could be an option due to its flexible nature that would still allow you time to job hunt. You can find out more about temping with Stafffinders here.
2. Tailor your application to the specific role you are applying for
Think of job hunting like dating. In order to get a date (i.e an interview), there needs to be chemistry. There are certain criteria and characteristics that need to match. That’s why it is important to take your time to tailor your application to the job description/advert.
Take your time to tweak your covering letter and CV to better reflect your skills that are suited for the role. Use the job advert to identify keywords or phrases and do your best to incorporate them into your application. Research the company, check their website, and read any recent news articles. Take what you learn and incorporate it into your cover letter, CV and interview responses.
Remember, it's up to you to show the hiring manager why you're perfect for the job, so a tailored application is the best way to show this; leave guesswork out of the equation.
3. Don’t exaggerate the truth in your application
Just don’t. Straight-out lying or exaggerating the truth is detrimental to your job search. If something doesn’t add up on your application, you can very quickly be found in the “no” pile. Being caught lying can have lasting and damaging effects on your career.
There have been many high-profiled examples where people have lost a lot more than their job for lying and exaggerating their skills and experience on their CV.
4. Double-check and proof read all your work
Don't ruin your chances of getting a job, or the very least an interview, by not proofreading your application, resume and cover letter. Just one typo can eliminate you from consideration. In addition to reviewing your materials on your own, ask a friend/family member to proofread them as well.
5. Review your online and social media presence
Hiring managers and recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to help screen candidates. In fact, in one survey of 550 hiring managers, 68% admitted to rejecting a candidate’s application based on what they saw on the candidate’s social media accounts!
Put yourself in the shoes of a potential employer and critically analyse your presence online. Use privacy settings if you need to limit the amount that is visible. Ensure anything your future employer can find online about you depicts the most professional and responsible impression possible.
Want to know more? Check out our article about how your social media profiles are costing you your dream job.
6. Speak and meet with a Stafffinders Recruitment Consultant
As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, more and more organisations are using recruitment companies to assist them in hiring new talent. If you are seeking, or thinking about looking for new employment, consult and meet with a Recruiter.
Recruitment Consultants can offer a lot more than just roles. They can provide detailed market intelligence, assist you in tailoring your CV and help you explore other employment opportunities that you may have over looked or not thought about.
Did you know Stafffinders have dedicated Recruitment Consultants across 26 specialist industries? To speak with a Consultant call Stafffinders Head Office on 0141 887 1155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for West Scotland or email@example.com for East Scotland.
7. Make sure to follow up after meetings and interviews
A simple follow up can be the difference between getting an interview, getting a second interview or even getting the job. The hard work doesn’t stop once you submit your application or leave an interview. The reality is that following up with your recruiter or the hiring manger can make a significant impact on your chances.
Not only does it show a proactive attitude, it reinforces your enthusiasm and commitment to the role. Showing your gratitude for their time and effort also shows a lot about character, and this could be the edge you need to get the job ahead of other candidates.
8. Don’t search for new employment whilst at your current work
Integrity; doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
If you are currently employed and looking for a new role, don’t browse and apply for jobs while at work, regardless of your satisfaction levels. One of the most successful methods of job searching is setting aside time specifically for job hunting where you can focus and not be distracted. After all, mistakes are more likely to occur if you rush to submit an application during your lunch break.
If you are thinking about or actively looking for new employment and would like to speak to Stafffinders about opportunities, please contact a member of the team who would be delighted to assist. You can also register with Stafffinders using the button below.
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