Being on the hunt for a job is stressful at the best of times. But there are ways of increasing your chances of being successful in your search, and this could hopefully limit the brickwalls and frustrations that sometimes come with a job search.
Make sure your CV is written well
Research shows that many employers/recruiters spend less than 30 seconds looking at your CV. First impressions count! Make something stand out within the first paragraph of your CV. Highlighting your relevant skills and experience in a brief summary at the top of your CV could increase your chances of Hiring Managers reading on.
If you need any help writing your CV, check out our previous blog.
It may also be an idea to get a friend to read over your CV to see how well it reads.
Apply to roles that are relevant to your skills and experience
Make sure you read and understand the job description before you apply. There is nothing more frustrating than constantly receiving rejection e-mails, or no replies at all. This could be limited by applying to roles that match your skills and experience.
Have your CV and the job description open alongside each other whilst you apply. Doing this will allow you to highlight specific areas of the job description that are relevant to skills listed on your CV. You could even tailor your CV to include areas of the job description you feel you could perform well.
Do a cover letter
Again, first impressions count! Writing a short cover letter gives you the chance to demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in the position, rather than just you blanket sending your CV to countless jobs.
It also helps you to summarise why you think an employer should progress you to the next stage, and gives you the chance again to highlight your skills and experience.
Impress at interview!
Hopefully you get to interview stage, and this really is your chance to impress! Make sure you do your research on the company and the interviewers. Go well presented, and arrive in plenty of time.
Then the rest is up to you. Make sure you:
Make eye contact and make eye contact.
Listen carefully to the questions the interviewer asks and do your best to answer them, applying your previous skills and experience.
We hope that this post comes in handy in your current or future job search, and don’t forget to browse our live vacancies here.