Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we hear about many instances of people who - when applying for jobs in such competitive fields as finance, technology, engineering, and telecommunications - send the same, standard CV to every employer they contact.
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, take the following steps:
1. Thoroughly research the employer and role
This is a very important step to take before applying for a new job. It's true what they say - knowledge is power, both in the application itself and during the interview if you get one. This will demonstrate that you have taken a real interest, and should encourage your potential employer to look upon your application favourably.
2. Familiarise yourself with the job requirements
Carefully peruse the job description and what's required of applicants. Make sure you provide real examples in your application of how you specifically match the job 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 who are probably struggling 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 with 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 employment 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 even if there are no jobs advertised.
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, dressed presentably. For more tips, check out our job interview checklist.
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 more quickly.
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