The job hunt can be a tiring process, with applications and interviews taking precious hours out of your day.
However, it’s a task we must all undertake if we hope to secure the position of our dreams.
If you’re getting ready for a career change, or perhaps returning to the workforce after a break, then here are five fantastic tips to help you secure your next role.
1. Rework Your CV
Your CV is the first thing that a potential employer will see of you. This means that ensuring that it’s up to date and well put together is essential.
In fact, research indicates that the average time spent looking at a CV is only 5-7 seconds, meaning that your CV needs to be clear and easy to read.
Spelling and grammar mistakes are a sure-fire way to have your CV cast aside, and so are unprofessional email addresses. These little mistakes are easy fixes that make a big difference.
2. Brush Up Your Skills
Ensuring that you have a range of skills that you can show off if prompted at the interview stage is a great way to get to the next step in your job-hunting journey.
From something as simple as being able to demonstrate time management skills, fluency in a second language with the help of apps such as Duolingo, you’ll start to stand out from the crowd during the hiring process.
If the job that you are applying for is a particularly popular one, then exciting and useful skills can be even more important than qualifications that many of your job hunting peers may also have.
3. Learn More About the Hiring Process
Understanding how the company which you’re applying to conducts their recruitment can give you an edge in the application process.
While most small companies will manually search through CVs to find the right person for the job, larger companies often use high volume hiring software, such as Oleeo, to filter out candidates with artificial intelligence.
Ensuring that your CV contains the keywords that are relevant to the job posting will help to ensure that your application makes through to the next stage.
4. Practice Your Interview Skills
Being interview ready is essential, and while it’s unlikely that you’ll have the exact questions that you will be asked beforehand, research can give you a better idea.
With this, you can prepare some general answers that can be applied to a variety of different questions, as well as preparing a selection of examples to demonstrate your experience.
Interview prep will help you to feel much more confident on the day.
5. Remember to Follow Up
After your interview, make sure to contact the interviewer and thank them for their time.
Not only will this further demonstrate your interest in the role, but if they have interviewed a lot of candidates, it will help you to stand out more clearly in their memory. And of course, help to leave a good impression.
Have you recently succeeded in your job search? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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