Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we hear so many instances of those competing for jobs in such competitive fields as finance, technology, engineering, and telecommunications simply sending their same, standard CV in relation to all manner of widely differing vacancies.
The truth is that finding a new job is very much a job in itself. If you want to maximise your chances of success in finding a new job, the following tips are likely to be extremely useful.
1. Thoroughly research the employer and role
This is a very important step when finding a new job.It's true what they say - knowledge is power, both in the application itself and at the interview. This will demonstrate that you have taken a real interest in both employer and role and should help them look upon your application favourably.
2. Familiarise yourself with the job requirements
Carefully peruse the job description and person specification when finding a new job. Make sure you have provided real examples in your application of how you match the requirements.
3. Tailor your CV to every application
Related to the above point, you should make sure that your CV completely and convincingly addresses the recruitment agency or employer's requirements, even if that means sending a slightly different CV for every application that you make.
4. Proofread, proofread and proofread again
Making a spelling or grammatical error in your job application is a sure way to get your CV binned by employers and recruitment agencies that may otherwise struggle to whittle down the pile of CVs that they receive. Don't give them an easy excuse to reject you!
5. Evidence your achievements
Did you merely 'lead a team'? Or did you achieve certain objectives or make certain breakthroughs while leading that team? For every claim of your suitability that you make, back it up with tangible evidence. This will help you both finding a new job and during the interview process.
6. Make extensive use of the Internet
From registering with online job boards and recruitment agencies (see more below) to keeping an eye out for the latest vacancies posted on LinkedIn, where you should also have a complete and professional profile. There's plenty that you can do online to help your job chances.
7. Don't stick to the obvious advertised roles
Some vacancies are better publicised than others. To keep abreast of those less visible opportunities, maintain an open line of communication with potential employers and consider making speculative applications.
8. Ready yourself for your interview
Prepare answers to the most likely interview questions in advance, and make sure you turn up in a timely manner and while dressed presentably.
9. Follow up applications by phone
Call no more than three days after your application and courteously ask if your application has been received while also emphasising your interest in the role and requesting details on what happens next.
10. Take maximum advantage of recruitment agencies
A recruitment agency like Hyper Recruitment Solutions can be an invaluable partner in finding a new job and, helping you to find the most suitable vacancy quicker.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you are currently on the lookout for your next big role!