We all know how time consuming and quite frankly frustrating job hunting can be - churning out CVs and cover letters can prove to be quite a chore!
However, there are ways to make your search smarter and more successful, our latest blog is here to help you do just that, and hopefully land you that dream job!
Tip top CV
Your CV needs to be up to date, accurate, and relevant if you want your prospective employer to take your application seriously. Take the time to check your spelling, grammar and punctuation- if you list one of your skills as attention to detail, your CV needs to be testament to that claim!
Show off your past experiences, skills and achievements, and don’t forget your CV should be no longer than two pages long and start with your most recent experience first.
Convincing cover letter
Your cover letter is your chance to express your enthusiasm for the position you are applying for and really sell yourself! Take the time to research the company you want to work for, and tailor your cover letter to show your knowledge and interest in the company.
Think about the position you are applying for, and consider which of your skills will be most relevant. Even if you don’t have any specific experience in the role or industry, you can still show off your transferable skills, think about any education, voluntary work, or work experience you may already have under your belt which may be of interest to the employer.
First impressions count! Dress to impress in smart and appropriate business wear, and think about the way you conduct yourself, including your body language and attitude. Bad mouthing your previous employer is never a good idea and could give off the wrong impression about your commitment as an employee.
It’s important that you know your CV inside out so that you are able to talk confidently about your past experiences, skills, and education during the interview. Every interview is different and there’s no way of predicting what kind of questions you will be asked during your interview. However, there are some common questions that may crop up; you can read more about these on our Interview Techniques page.
What else can I do?
If you’re still not feeling confident about your prospects of career progression, there are a few things you can try to improve your chances.
Clean up your CV by cutting out any ‘waffle’ or irrelevant information. If you’re currently in employment, could you extend your skill set by getting involved with different projects or working with other departments? Training is an excellent way to build your confidence and knowledge within your area of expertise, try researching opportunities both in and outside of work. If you’re not currently working, or are still studying, perhaps you could take up voluntary work in your spare time to develop your existing skills, and learn new ones too.
For more useful hints and tips on getting the job you want, view our Career Advice page.