There is always a lot of recruitment activity in January. For lots of people dragging themselves into work after the fun and frolics of the Christmas holidays is too much, so they start looking for pastures new.
If you’re thinking of looking for a new job this year, there are a couple of things you should do before you conduct your first search or send your first application.
1. Review your CV
Ensuring that your CV is constantly updated is a good idea. It means that if an opportunity arises, you can react quickly without having to rush your application. Even if you do keep an updated CV, it is worth reviewing it before you begin looking for a new role. Check that your CV highlights the skills and experience that will be needed to fulfil the types of roles you are applying for.
As well as conducting an overall review of your CV, you will also need to review and tweak it for each individual application. Ensure that you have tailored your CV to meet the job description and promote the ways that you fit the company ideals and goals.
2. Review your social media presence
There has been a lot written about companies ‘googling’ perspective employees before offering them a role. These are not just scare stories invented to stop you posting embarrassing things on your social media sites. It is a fact. Before applying for a new job, check that your social media sites do not have anything offensive or unprofessional on.
Even if they don’t check your Facebook, twitter or G+, almost all employers will look you up on LinkedIn. Make sure that you have filled in as much of your profile as possible. Include a picture of yourself (a professional one), include information about your interests and any activities you engage in outside of work. Employers are looking for a real person who is going to be engaged and hardworking, not a robot who just ticks the boxes.
3. Consider creating a condensed CV
CVs are a tricky business. For those of us who have been employed for more time than we haven’t, summing up your skills and experience can often take pages and pages and often ends up as a very long and boring document, which is sure to put employers off.
One way to overcome this problem is to have two different versions of your CV. One which lists the skills and experience relevant to the role you are applying for and one which covers all of your experience. An increasing number of organisations are asking for shortened CVs in the first instance so that they can quickly consider which candidates they believe are appropriate for the role before spending hours going through in-depth CVs
4. Consider a professional CV writer
While professional CV writers may seem like an unnecessary expense, they are often worth their weight in gold. Not only do professional CV writers know what it is that employers are looking for, they have the time to go through your CV, rewrite it, proof read it and check that it covers all the areas that it needs to. This takes a lot of time. Time that you probably don’t have.
Professional CV writers aren’t for everyone. It is however something to consider, especially if you are looking at applying for very senior level roles or don’t have the time to update and improve your CV yourself.
5. Think about the return on investment you could bring to the company
It is easy to spend your entire job search thinking about what YOU want and how roles will fulfil YOUR needs. However, if you really want to get a role, it is worth thinking about what you could bring to the company. Not what it says on the job description, but what you as an individual could offer that no one else could.
Whether you are thinking of changing jobs this year or five years down the line, the points I’ve raised are just as relevant. Trying to find a new job isn’t a hunt. You’re not trying to sneak up on a company and trick them into giving them a job. Trying to find a new job is like going on a date. You need to be yourself but the best version of yourself and be aware of what you and they want from the relationship. If you do, maybe you’ll hit it off and maybe it will become the beginning of something beautiful.
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