Beat the summer hiring slow-down with these top job hunting tips
Summer is nearly here! The weather is improving, and holiday season is right around the corner. It’s great news…
Unless you’re looking for a new job.
Whilst a break might give you the time to begin your job hunt, it may well clash with everyone else’s holidays too! That means the whole process can become painfully slow and unrewarding.
But don’t worry, there is still time to get out there before the summer slow-down kicks in. We know that the further into the the process you are before the summer months start, the less likely you are to be effected. So get ahead of the crowd with these tips;
Get your social media in order
Many people are not aware that prospective employers check social media accounts either before or during the hiring process. This can either work for or against you. If your social media shows you to be knowledgeable in the required areas and a good team fit then it can improve your chances of success. If, however, it throws up red flags then it can be the difference between getting an interview and not. Find out here the importance of social media in finding your next job.
Define your search
Before you begin applying for lots of roles, it is a good idea to think about the type of job you would accept. Things to consider include location, responsibilities, company size and sector, salary etc. You should also think about the reasons why you are looking to move on. What will a new role need to offer to solve these problems?
You also need to define yourself. What are your skills and achievements? What do you have to offer a prospective employer? This list will help you to write and tailor your CV for each application.
Work and build your network
“It’s not what you know but who you know” is particularly true when job hunting. Who is recruiting within your network? Who could get you an introduction? Could you use LinkedIn as a way of introducing yourself?
Select your job search partner
Whilst you are researching companies, it is also a good idea to research recruitment agencies. For the highest chance of success you should select an agency that specialises in both your industry and geographical area. They are most likely to be able to match you with multiple opportunities. Have a chat with potential recruiters (either face to face or over the phone) and choose the one you think is going to represent you best.
Prepare a CV;
Once you have done all of that, then you are ready to write your CV. It is best to create a basic CV which you can then tailor for each application. We cannot stress the importance of a well-structured, informative and professional CV – and we have written about it a lot! Here’s our advice on improving your CV and avoiding silly mistakes or get in touch with us, we would be more than happy to work with you to build your CV. The two most important things are that you include your correct contact details and that you proof read your CV. A poorly written CV can easily have a negative effect on your hunt.
Start applying for jobs and preparing for all those interviews you’ll have! We have a great team of experienced Sourcing Consultants on hand to offer personalised advice as well as a range of exciting and interesting positions within the IT industry. Please Contact Us today, or take a look at our Job Board now!
Victoria is the Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as Recruitment Consultant for 5 years, she moved into Office Management over 11 years ago now. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter