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10 Way To Enhance Your Job Search

By Simon on

I do appreciate how hard it is trying to move up the career ladder so hope the below job search tips help!

  1. Don’t take the search lightly. Your career is important, complacency is not an option. It takes time, commitment, and perseverance. In some respects, looking for a new opportunity can sometimes be like a job in its own right. Some people are lucky and are handpicked but, for the vast majority, it can take a lot of applications, first and second interviews, sometimes even a third-round, just to nail one job. Be prepared to take time out and give it your full attention.
  2. Take time to think it through. It’s all too easy, after a bad day, to rush headlong into a frenzied job search. You need to know if the changes you are about to make will actually make things better or worse.
  3. Your Cv is important too. Never underestimate its power. There is no magic formula or a single ‘right’ way to put your CV together. Make it easy for people to put you straight into the ‘Yes’ pile by presenting clear, concise, and relevant information that matches your skills and experience to the role you’ve applied for. Ensure your Linkedin profile is aligned to your CV too. Discrepancies will be picked up. There’s a lot of professional stalking going on so don’t create any room for doubt.
  4. Use your phone. It still amazes me how few people use the one device that is, more often than not, glued to your palm. Talking can help overcome any doubt someone may have about your skills and experience, and it also demonstrates a genuine interest. It’s an exceptional way of getting to put your case forward and also enables you to gain a better understanding of the role. Some recruiters will welcome the chance to talk to you and you never know where it can lead to.
  5. Basic CV ingredients are: Contact details: make sure you include your mobile number and email; Summary / Overview: a succinct 4 to 5 lines or bullet points containing the most salient things about your skillsand& expertise (please avoid a long list of complimentary personal adjectives); Career History: your roles, responsibilities, and any examples of key achievements (most recent first); Education: again most recent first, such as your degree; training and professional development courses; Interests -make them interesting, and lastly references – put ‘available on request’. It does not have to be in this particular order but do make it easy for the reader to get a grip of who you really are.
  6. Have a plan. This may sound obvious but you need to give it a lot of thought. Approaching the jobs market with a vague picture of what you want never ends well. I’ve helped hundreds of people over the years and those that have a clear picture of what they want next, tend to hit the target more often than not. If you don’t give it thought, you could end up anywhere and whilst it may make you content for a short while, I doubt many people end up being successful merely by chance.
  7. Work hard at getting what you want. People can sometimes give up too easily on their job search following a few setbacks. You have to persevere. It won’t be easy and you will take a few hits but it’s all a learning curve. You will also have to get outside your comfort zone and that doesn’t mean going fire-walking but expanding your horizons will enable you to grow as a person and will give you more confidence.
  8. Don’t stagnate and get stuck in a rut. Too many people put up with poor managers or pay and it isn’t right. Once you start getting a reoccurring feeling of dread going to work, it is time to go. Do not procrastinate. It is no longer acceptable to continue in a role without thinking about what we do and the effect it has. Every job and company will have some downsides but if it’s causing you endless sleepless nights, it’s time to go and maybe even a time to contemplate a change of career.
  9. Be aware of what I call the “hidden job market.” In a healthy job market, not all available opportunities are advertised. In a slow economy, fewer jobs are made public because employers don’t want to be inundated with CVs. Dig deeper into uncovering unadvertised opportunities by looking at the news section of potential employers’ websites and if a company is growing, that will normally mean they’ll need people on board.  Networking and attending events relevant to your career path are also decent ways of unearthing potential opportunities. Making more direct contacts with potential employers is a wise path to follow too, but do ensure your approach is considered and well-thought-out.
  10. Your career is not a race. The jobs market is changing and people aren’t necessarily looking for long-term opportunities anymore and are more open to moving jobs. However, don’t fall into the trap of moving here, there, and everywhere because it will have repercussions in the long run.   Aim to be brilliant at something and the rest should normally take care of itself.