Looking to make 2017 your best year yet? Read on for our top tips on finding your dream job this year!
You Know Yourself Best
The first step in the journey to a prosperous career is understanding what you are most passionate about and what you are naturally best at. Ask yourself these questions; What gets me out of bed in the morning? If I didn’t need to work, what would I be doing? What do I do best? It can give you a great insight into what your ‘perfect job’ might look like.
We’re Here To Help
It’s the perfect time to touch base with recruiters. As it’s the new year companies are on the lookout for great new talent. Let us know what you’re looking for so we can be on the same page and start looking for the perfect job for you. We can be your eyes and ears in the market and aside from finding you opportunities, we can also answer any questions you might have from the salary trends to the level of competition in the market. We can help and give you a head start against the competition and get your foot in the door.
We can also approach companies that pique your interest who might not appear to be actively hiring. Let us know who you’re interested in and let us help you in your quest for success.
CV’s that include the basics; overview, job titles, day-to-day responsibilities, education, etc. can all start to look the same. So how do you make yours stand out (for all the right reasons). Start by highlighting how you have progressed within the organisations you’ve been part of. Include details of what you have accomplished for the company and show not only competencies but some facts and figures proving your successes. When you’re identifying what to include, give priority to the parts of your experience that seem most relevant for the role you want. Tailor it to the job you’re applying for and most importantly make it about you and your successes.
Specialise, Don’t Generalise
Nobody is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Casting a wide net when searching for a job is a good thing but presenting yourself as a general all-rounder to everyone might not yield as much success as specialising in one area. You will more than likely have a specific and tailored skill set due to your previous roles, and this will be attractive to many other companies. Be sure to play on your specialisms and target the right companies who will find this interesting. Take the time to map out your strengths and your professional experience on your CV and, once we know this, we can put you forward for the right roles and chase the roles that excite you.
Nurture Your Professional Network
The first thing most employers do after reading your CV is check your LinkedIn page. It’s crucial that your profile demonstrates all the positive attributes that you’ve expressed in your CV. For certain roles or industries, a professional social media presence can reach beyond LinkedIn. So don’t discount platforms like Twitter and Facebook, but bear in mind you need to portray a professional appearance so a professional picture and a well-crafted bio is necessary.
A CV’s job is to secure an interview and give you an opportunity to sell yourself as a future employee to potential employers. It is the interview that determines whether you will become the next member of the team or not. Give the best impression of who you are by being confident in the unique skills and experience that you can bring to the table. Concentrate on communicating this through what you say, your body language, and your general demeanour. Practice makes perfect, so work on your pitch and you’ll find yourself getting more and more comfortable with it.
Interviews do not always go as well as you may have hoped but every interview you go to, no matter the outcome, is always useful! You get experience, make new connections and (should) receive some invaluable feedback to work on.
Nothing Worth While Comes Easy
If you’re being selective, you must realise the search process is likely to take longer than expected but when you do find the right job for you, you never know where it may take you! So, don’t give into the temptation of accepting a job offer if you’re not 100% sure it’s the one for you. Your next career move could have both short and long-term implications on your job security and future earning potential so it’s critical that you get it right. You don’t want to be going through the whole process again in six months or less!
One last tip, register with us! There’s no time like the present, so get in touch. It takes a matter of minutes, we’re not promising we have the perfect role for you right now but are promising, given the time, we can find it!
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