People often ask me how best to look for a job and complain that they have been looking for a job for ages with no success.  So here is my quick guide… The first thing to say is that looking for a job is a job…

Looking for a job is a job

You wouldn’t go into an appointment meeting without any preparation or start a project without making a plan would you?  I expect not and yet people regularly seem to start applying for jobs without any forethought whatsoever.  Is it any wonder this haphazard approach isn’t wildly successful?

Step One

I recommend starting off by really thinking about what you want out of a new job and why you are looking in the first place.  If there is something in your current role that you really hate you don’t want to end up doing that activity again equally if there is a part of your existing job you love then you want to be targeting roles that include the same activity.  Once you have decided on your target roles you need to do a bit of research into the skills they are looking for and then prioritise these for inclusion in your CV.

Step Two

The next step is to review and update your CV. We can of course help you do this at CV Righter and don’t forget we offer a free CV review, but quick wins for updating your CV yourself are:

  • Make sure that the content is tailored towards the types of roles you want
  • Keep formatting is simple, consistent and aesthetically pleasing
  • Signpost your reader through the document using headers
  • Avoid tables as this can hinder the searchability of the document, be a right pain for recruiters and cause you to miss out on opportunities.

Record Keeping

It’s dull but necessary when looking for a job.  I recommend keeping a clear record of each role you apply for and  keeping notes of each conversation that you have with recruiters so you can remind yourself of where you are at in the process.  This not only helps you keep track but supports you in looking professional and building a relationship with recruiters.  Nothing kills rapport like forgetting someone’s name…

Be Proactive

Follow up that application with a phone call to the relevant agency to remind them that you are there, provide any additional information and to create a relationship with them.  Its easier to remember someone you have spoken to and liked.

The next step is then to prepare for interview but that’s a whole other article.