As increasing numbers of people lose their jobs, the employment market gets tougher by the day. So here is everything you need to know about finding a new role. Looking for a job needs to be a full-time job if you want success. You need to go through jobs websites every day and tailor your CV and covering letter for every application. It can be depressing going through endless adverts, applying and being rejected. But your efforts will eventually pay off. Factor in lots of breaks, get plenty of exercise and don’t give up.
The first thing you need to do is think about the types of roles you are going to apply for. In this tougher market, you need to be flexible and even consider a complete change of career. Next you need to spend time creating a CV that will help you to stand out. Then clean up your social media accounts and make profiles private – one bad joke could put employers off. Don’t put it off, start applying now. Apply for a set number of jobs each day.
It can be difficult to keep going but if you think of it as your daily task, you will get there. Give yourself a helping hand to find the most vacancies possible by checking websites of companies direct. You should also register with recruitment firms and upload your CV to job sites such as our own Fish4jobs.
Here’s how to craft the perfect CV and ace your job interview…
- Keep it simple and clear, and to a maximum of two pages – you are not telling your life story, just giving enough information to get you an interview where you can tell more.
- Create it in Microsoft Word and avoid fancy borders, colours and fonts. Use headings, bullet points and short paragraphs.
- Use your personal statement to set the scene. This is your chance to grab a potential boss’s attention quickly. The trick is to keep it short and snappy – 50 to 100 words. It’s a bite-size summary of who you are and what you offer. It should cover why you are interested in the role, why you are suited to it, what jobs or training you have had relating to it and specialist skills that make you the ideal candidate.
- Your employment history should be in chronological order with your latest role or work experience first. Don’t leave gaps as this will only create questions as to what you were doing during that time. Fill them with studying, travelling, caring responsibilities or voluntary work.
- Don’t simply write a list of daily duties… instead, show what results you achieved, such as setting up a new customer complaints procedure, cutting call-waiting times, creating a new stock control system that saved your employer thousands in unsold items.
- Choose your words wisely and don’t fill it with over-used buzzwords such as “motivated”, “passionate” or “initiative”, which are guaranteed to turn off potential employers as they see them over and over. Instead, talk about what you’re passionate about and why – whether that’s what you enjoyed most about a previous role, voluntary work you’ve done or causes you care about.
- Soft skills are important too as companies look for a good fit for the business and existing staff. Alongside hard skills such as technical knowledge and expertise, highlight your communication and organisational skills.
- Keep personal information to a minimum. You don’t need to include your age, marital status or if you have any children. But make sure you include contact details.
- Only include hobbies relevant to the job. Remember, your CV gets you an interview, not the job itself. You can talk about additional skills, interests and give more details to help impress after you bag the interview.
- Double-check for spelling and grammar errors. The smallest mistake could scupper your chances.