Being unemployed can be an incredibly difficult time. Not only is there the financial burden that you need to worry about, but also the lack of motivation that this can cause – and how it can affect your mental wellbeing. All of this combined can make it difficult to have the confidence to not only seek – but to land your next role and get you on the employment ladder. We have put some top tips together as to how you can be more successful on the job-hunting front and get your dream role.
Work on your CV
A CV is the first impression your employee will have of you, so it’s important that you get it right. You need to make sure that it grabs their attention and has all of the information they require. Some of the things that you should include are: your contact details to make it easy for them to get in touch, your history of employment, any education and qualifications and relevant experience. You also need to pay careful attention to the layout and the formatting of the CV’s too. You need to make it legible, and easy for the recruiter to read – otherwise, they will just put it in the pile of candidates not to be contacted. Some people even get professional designers to create their CV.
Don’t Forget a Cover Letter
A cover letter is your ultimate opportunity to sell yourself, and bag yourself an interview. It is the perfect opportunity to personalise your application for this job – and show some of your personality. Before preparing your cover letter, you should make sure you do a lot of research about the company and the role. As well as introducing yourself, you need to make sure that you let the prospective employer know why you would be suitable for the role. Make sure that it is properly proofread with no spelling and grammar errors before submitting. The important thing that you need to remember about cover letters is that they should never be the same if applying for more than one job.
Seek the Help of Recruitment Specialists
There are some top recruitment agencies out there that have lots of jobs available and are just waiting for the right candidates to come and fill those roles. They will only put you forward for jobs that they think you have a chance of getting and will be able to give you some helpful and handy advice. Since they already have a pool of jobs, there is a greater likelihood of you finding something suitable much more quickly. Even if they don’t have something that would work for you straight away, they will have a constant stream of jobs available that will need filled. You can even get recruiters that are specific to certain industries which could be helpful if you work in a niche sector.
Prepare for the Interview
If you get through to the interview portion of the recruitment process – then make sure you prepare. Some of the research you have done to prepare your cover letter will stand you in good stead, but there is more work to be done. It’s likely that the interviewer will ask you what you know about the company, which is your chance to show off what you have learned. In this digital age – there’s no excuse to not be able to research a company. If you can relate something to a personal experience you have had in the workplace, that will be sure to impress.
Dress to Impress
First impressions count, and whether we like it or not – how we dress and carry ourselves is something that an interviewer will take into account when deciding whether or not to hire you. It’s not often appropriate for you to dress down for an interview, so if you are a man – then a suit would definitely be a safe bet, and for women a suit with a skirt or trousers would look great. If in doubt, it’s always a good idea to go on the more conservative side and avoid anything that’s too flashy. An interviewer would much rather that you bee too dressed up than too casual.
Finding a role that suits your needs can be a struggle, so it’s important that you stack all the odds you possibly can in your favour. Whether this is creating a killer CV or cover letter – or seeking the help of a recruitment agency, you need to do what works for you to get a job.