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

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.

So what things should you and shouldn’t you be doing? LinkedIn is an excellent way of promoting yourself. Our G+ community and twitter feed give you lots of advice on how to maximise your profile. It is a good idea to join, and participate in, relevant communities. Twitter is an open platform so it is a good way to demonstrate your knowledge. Beware though, inappropriate content either by you or connected with you can affect your chances. Before you start sending your CV, check your feeds and delete anything a potential employer shouldn’t see. This includes anything negative about current or previous employers.

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 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+

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