Job hunting can be arduous, time-consuming and at times disheartening. In our experience we have spoken to many candidates that, prior to approaching us, had spent a great deal of time on searching, applying and interviewing for jobs to no avail. Effective job hunting is all about the small details and can prove extremely successful when done correctly. Here we will outline our top tips for strengthening your job search to achieve your perfect role.
For many roles the recruitment process can be lengthy, and this is something all candidates need to be aware of. If you are considering your next career move in the future, our advice is to start your job search sooner rather than later, as in reality it could be months before a new role begins.
Use social media
Recruiters using social media is nothing new in 2018, but we do still see a number of candidates not utilising these platforms when job hunting. The likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are saturated with job opportunities; they are a great way to pinpoint potential jobs that would suit you quickly. In addition to this, recruiters are using social platforms to seek out potential candidates, therefore we would highly recommend that you keep profiles, particularly LinkedIn, updated at all times with past experience and skills, whilst most importantly conveying a professional persona.
Be selective in your applications
Applying for numerous roles in quick succession may seem like an effective tactic to improve your chances of getting a role, but in doing so you aren’t properly assessing your skills and experience against the requirements of the role or taking careful consideration of the application process. This tactic is likely to work against you in the long run. Take the time to analyse a job description and decide whether it is the right fit for you, and subsequently taking the time to complete an application that effectively highlights your suitability to the role, as well as your knowledge of the company and industry.
Keep job descriptions following application
This is an aspect of job applications that many candidates overlook. However, it can provide real value later on in the process, particularly when preparing for interview, to refresh your memory of the skills and experience employers are looking for.
Be fully prepared for interview
One of the main points of feedback we receive from employers following interviews with a candidate is their apparent lack of knowledge. Make sure you take the time to research the role, the company and the industry for which you are interviewing for. In addition to this ensure you have a bank of questions for your prospective employer, such as career progression, company culture, etc, which will ultimately go a long way in asserting your interest in the role.
Utilise a recruitment agency
Working with a recruitment agency to source your ideal role has been proven time and time again to work. Here at Mainline Employment, we have helped thousands of candidates to find, apply, interview and successfully gain employment. Effective recruiters will assess your experience and skills, as well as work with you to find you a role that matches you and your career aspirations.
Contact our friendly team today to start your job search the right way in 2018.