Getting yourself ready for that new career in 2021 might seem daunting. With COVID-19 and the challenges it poses, finding a new role might be challenging, but that doesn't mean you can't find the job of your dreams.
There are lots of things you can do to make sure you're an attractive candidate including cleaning up your social media accounts and choosing the right interview clothes (even if your interview is happening via video call!)
Here are a few extra tips from Hyper Recruitment Solutions to help you succeed if you're serious about getting a new job in the new year:
1. Ask somebody else to read your CV.
Before you submit your CV to any potential employers, send it to a trusted friend or family member and ask them to give it a quick read-through.
Your proof-reader will hopefully catch any spelling/grammar mistakes that you failed to spot yourself, but more importantly, they'll be able to tell you whether or not the document is a fair representation of your abilities and experiences. They may think you're selling yourself short!
2. Tailor your CV to each job you apply for.
Once you've finished writing your CV, it's easy to just send exactly the same version to every prospective employer. But tweaking your CV each time you send it - tailoring it to the specific role you're applying for - can be a very worthwhile endeavour. You don't have to start from scratch every time you begin a new job application, but you should assess each job description and make sure that your CV is emphasising the right skills and focusing on the most relevant parts of your career history in each case.
3. Eliminate all filler from your cover letter.
When applying for certain jobs, you will be required to accompany your CV with a cover letter that explains why you're applying for the role in question (and what makes you a good fit for it). Your cover letter is a great opportunity to make a glowing first impression, but no matter what you decide to put in this document, it needs to be concise and to-the-point.
Once you've written your cover letter, read back over it and make sure that every single sentence has a reason to be there - if it doesn't add anything to the picture you're trying to paint, delete it! Employers won't enjoy reading a lot of pointless waffle that wastes their precious time, and a shorter, punchier cover letter will likely make more of an impact anyway.
4. Know how you're getting to the interview.
Showing up late for an interview is almost always a surefire way to not get the job. Once you've been told where you're being interviewed, take the time to plan your journey carefully:
- Will you be walking, driving, or taking public transport?
- What time will you need to set out in order to arrive on time?
- Do you have an umbrella in case it rains on the day?
Planning is key if you want to be sure of arriving on time (and not looking too dishevelled when you get there!).
Of course, with the current COVID-19 situation, you might not need to attend a physical interview at all. Lots of employers are doing interviews remotely over the phone or via video call. Take a look at our video interview tips if you want to nail your remote interview.
5. Didn't get the job? Ask for feedback.
Even an unsuccessful job application can be valuable if you're able to learn from it and do better next time. If a prospective employer tells you that you didn't get the job, thank them for their time and ask them if they would be willing to provide any feedback. For example:
- Did your answers leave something to be desired?
- Could you have dressed more appropriately for the interview?
- Was it simply a question of experience?
You can't control every aspect of your job application, but constructive feedback can give you a better idea of what employers are looking for and how to present yourself in the best possible way.