7 ways to make your job hunt go more smoothly
The idea of job hunting is not something that most people relish. It could quite easily be a full time job, but the reality for most people is that it has to fit around the rest of our lives. There are some simple things that you can do to make the whole process go more smoothly;
Make sure that your contact details are on your CV and that they are correct
You would be surprised at the number of people who forget to add their contact details or include an error. If you don’t have those details then your application will stall at the first hurdle. I have a confession here; when I first started in recruitment I forgot to add my details and had to email everyone again with my phone number. I didn’t hear back from anyone from those applications and had to start all over again.
Unless you have a very rare skillset and are constantly being headhunted it is best to be proactive in your hunt. You can of course upload your CV to job boards and apply for advertised roles but it is also a good idea to find a specialist recruiter in your area and contact them. This will make sure you are getting your details in front of the people who are most likely to be able to help you.
Ensure you are on social media
This blog, our Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ feeds often tell you how important a good social media presence is. Other than job boards, this is one of the best ways of being found by hiring managers and recruiters. The contents of your social media profiles can also influence the final decision. Even if you are not looking to use social media as a job hunting tool (which you should), you at least need to have a clean-up of your current social media to make sure there is nothing inappropriate.
Keep in touch
This is particularly true if you are working with a recruiter. They can be very busy people and sadly you can “slip through the net” sometimes. The industry does need to get better, but until it does it is best for you to be taking the lead. If you regularly update them on your situation then you will be at the top of their minds when the perfect role for you comes in. If you are a contractor then let people know when you have found a new role but also when that contract expires. Hopefully recruiters will then be in touch towards the end of your contract, minimising gaps between work.
Do what you say you will
If you have arranged a conversation, any form of interview or a presentation then always make sure that you keep your promise. Lateness will be counted against you, unless you have a very good reason. Not answering the phone or failing to turn up at interview is very bad form and will burn bridges for the future. Doing what you say you will is just good manners and will prevent you making a bad impression.
Be organised and prepared
If you are applying to lots of roles then it can be very easy to lose track of what is happening and with whom. Keep a spreadsheet of the roles you are applying for, who they are with and what is happening. Before interview make sure that you have prepared (be it skype, telephone or face to face) and then give feedback straight away immediately after the interview whilst it is fresh in your mind. Check out my previous blog for more information about preparing for interview.
And finally, be honest
I have touched on this in previous blogs but being honest with and trusting your recruiter will make your life much easier. You need to know that they are going to do their best for you and that you can trust the advice you are being given. If there are any things which might cause a problem with your job hunt then the best solution is to talk them through with your recruiter so they can tackle them head on. The same should be true of the advice you receive – if you are doing something wrong during the process but no-one wants to tell you then you will never be able to learn from it.
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+