In today’s competitive market, with unemployment rates at relatively high rates, job hunters must ensure that their job search tactics are second to none.
Gone are the days that a job search involved banging on doors and sending out letters; whilst these may still play an important role in some industries, on the whole they are no longer required. Instead, you should take to your computer with a large supply of coffee. The internet is your best friend during your job search, and pretty much every job position in the UK can be found online with enough research.
You should also ensure that your CV is completely up to date and is working as hard as it should be; it should be no longer than 2 A4 sides, should not include any irrelevant educational information (such as your GCSE grades if you attended college and university after that). Additionally you should also try to avoid the standard personal statement that talks about the same things as every one else (such as the fact that your like reading books or keeping fit), instead, make it appropriate to the position that you’re applying for.
Couple your CV with a fully bespoke covering letter; ensuring that you tailor it to each company you apply to; generic covering letters are a sure fire way to find yourself as just another piece of paper in a CEO’s rubbish bin.
The best tip for a successful job search is that you should be prepared to be dedicated; hunting down that perfect job does not happen over night. It takes time and resources, although half the battle is knowing where to look in the first place.
However you can additionally improve your chances of success by following up on the applications that you have sent; call and ask for feed back on why unsuccessful applications didn’t make the interview stage. The insights of such feed back can be invaluable if you are to understand how to improve your CV in order to get your foot in the door.
Job and staff have one aim and one aim only, and that is to make your job search easier; through proving job hunters with a single search engine they cut down the time it takes to find a job dramatically.