It’s a new year. It’s when a lot of people consider a change, a new work challenge. So, how can you get in shape to find a job in 2018?
Increasingly, jobs are listed online. On job search platforms, on recruitment agency and company websites. When searching for a job, focus on the skills required in a position instead of the job titles. Job titles are constantly changing. You may be limiting yourself by only looking for a specific type of job. Use job sites not only to search for a specific position, but to look for ‘similar jobs’ or ‘suggested jobs’ that may appeal.
Narrow down your search. Apply only for positions that sound most fitting to your skill sets and career goals. Research the company and gauge what their values are and how happy their current and past employees are/were working for them. Get a message out among your contacts. Anyone worked with the company before? Companies always give preferential treatment to employee referrals. Show initiative. If you don’t know anybody at the company, volunteering at a local charity event they support can also be a great way to meet people.
Customise your CV so that it’s tailored for each specific job you apply for. Give yourself a competitive edge over the template-type resumes that hiring managers recognise as such.
Don’t repeat what’s on your CV in your cover letter. Use the letter to provide more about who you are and why you are perfect for the role. Include also a call to action like, ‘I look forward to connecting to discuss next steps.’ Project your enthusiasm for the position.
If a job application doesn’t specifically ask for a cover letter, do send one anyway. It may make you stick out from the crowd.
Prepare for an interview by researching the company and the work they do. Practise answering difficult and common interview questions beforehand. Search for background information on the interviewer. And at the interview, always ask questions. If you don’t, you can easily run the risk of unintentionally appearing disengaged or uninterested. Ask about the growth opportunities at the company or the biggest challenges people face working there.
Always send a thank you note, post-interview. Take the opportunity to share why you are excited about the company or ask another question. Keep the lines of communication going.
If you’re local, do contact us. We’re a Swindon recruitment company. Together we can work to explore new horizons in 2018.