Beat the summer hiring slow-down with these top job hunting tips
The weather has been getting steadily better and the holiday season is just around the corner. Good news for everyone, unless you are planning on looking for a new job that is. Whilst a break might give you the time to begin your job hunt, it may well clash with everyone else’s holidays as well. That means the whole process can go painfully slowly. There is still time to get out there before the slow-down kicks in though. The further down the process you are when the school holidays hit, the more likely it is that you won’t be affected. 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.
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. Our feeds can give you advice on this or ask your recruiter for guidance. 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.
And finally; start applying for jobs and preparing for all those interviews you’ll have!
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+