What you should be doing now to prepare for your job hunt

If you are thinking of looking for a new job then there are a few things that you can do which will help make the process go more smoothly:

Social Media
First of all, you can guarantee that prospective employers are looking at your social media accounts at some point during the hiring process. By preempting this, you can make some small changes to ensure your accounts work <i>for</i> you, rather than <i>against</i> you.  Your social media presence should be appropriate for your industry, it should show you to be knowledgeable, sociable and a good team fit to improve your chances of success. Remember, first impressions count, and if your account is not up to scratch, this could be the end of the road for your application.

So what things should you and shouldn’t you be doing? You should be using different social media accounts slightly differently. Whilst LinkedIn is an excellent way of promoting yourself on a professional level (take a look at our blog with our top 7 tips to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile), Twitter is a more social, open platform and is a good way to demonstrate your knowledge. Beware though, you should be mindful of inappropriate content, shared either by you or someone connected with you, which could affect your chances/reputation.  It is a good idea to join, and participate in, relevant communities through social as it demonstrates you’re engaged and interested in development and furthering your knowledge.

Our LinkedInTwitter and Blog are full of useful advice on how to maximise your social profiles.

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?

When defining your search, 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? If there are companies you would like to work for do you know anyone who could get you an introduction? If not, you could use LinkedIn as a way of introducing yourself.

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 the first two points above 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 also 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.

Victoria Harlock

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