First Steps when Starting a New Job Search
Do you feel like you are growing in your current job role? Do you have the type of relationship with your manager that you want to have? Do you see a career path laid out before you? If you answered “No “ to the questions above, it may be time to start searching for a fulfilling and challenging new job role.
Your C.V. is your first introduction to a potential employer. You will never get a second chance to make that first impression. Ensure your C.V.is up to date and where possible get professional help with it. C.V.s should be two pages maximum and the most important and relevant information needs to be on the first page. Research has found that recruiters and hiring managers spend on average just six seconds looking at each CV they receive. Employers often receive hundreds of C.V.s for just one job so you need to grab their attention straight away. Finally, review for simple grammatical errors. It’s a great idea to get a second person to review your C.V. A fresh pair of eyes might spot mistakes that you won’t.
Most recruiters use LinkedIn to headhunt candidates. It is crucial to have an up to date LinkedIn Profile. It is vital to use keywords that are relevant to your industry, skills and experience as recruiters often search by these and you want to make sure that you are showing up in their searches. Sign up for alerts for specific jobs and follow companies which you would be interested in working for in order to get access to their news feed and new job postings. Don’t know where to start with your LinkedIn Profile? Contact us at Get The Job You Want and we will help you create a professional LinkedIn Profile.
It is very helpful to register with various recruitment websites. We now offer recruitment services, so please get in touch with us and we can advise and direct you. As well as the larger well known recruitment websites, also register with smaller recruitment agencies in your area. These are more likely to have local jobs for local people.
Don’t forget to check your local newspaper for their job listings. Again these are local jobs and the employers generally want to employ local people as they know they are more likely to stay longer in the job. Try The Anglo Celt (Cavan), Northern Standard (Monaghan), Leitrim Observer, Longford Leader, Meath Chronical and Westmeath Examiner.
Although you won’t want your current employer knowing that you are looking for a new job, do tell your friends and family. They might be in the right place at the right time and hear about a potential new job. Or better again, they may be able to recommend you for a new job.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Apply for jobs even if you don’t have all of the necessary criteria. A lot of companies are looking for the right person to fit their company culture. This person can be the ideal candidate once they receive relevant training. Some companies are willing to take this chance and spend the time training the employee.
Finally, review your social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram. Employers shouldn’t look at these but they sometimes do. Ensure you have your privacy settings optimised and any photos are removed that will give a bad impression to the employer.
These tips will help you on your journey to securing interviews for your dream job.