I am currently looking for work and have learnt a few valuable lessons over the last few weeks. Here are my top five tips.
Make contacts count. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” as the old saying goes. That said possessing key qualifications and skills will still be required. The advantage of having a contact who is recruiting or knows the recruiter is that there is a greater willingness to be considered for a role. Getting a heads up is like getting a head start in a race.
Two page CV myth
Two of the interviewers that have interviewed me recently have told me that CVs can be longer than two pages, so long as the content is relevant. The debunking of this myth has come as a really pleasant surprise. If it is relevant to the post and accentuates your skills it can go in. Once you have redrafted your CV print it out so that you can check for any mistakes that might not seem obvious when viewed on screen. And, if possible, get a friend or family member to run the rule over your updated version, too.
Mind the gaps
Be prepared to explain any gaps in your work history. Think about how you might describe your reasons for leaving previous roles.
Put in the leg work (literally)
Some companies do not advertise vacancies. We might not know about many organizations in the first place. If you are tired of trawling job boards and scrolling through job alerts why not take to your local streets to see which companies are located in your vicinity? I took a stroll around central Manchester a couple of weeks ago and made a note of some of the businesses located in the offices in the Central Business District. It was nice to get out. I then had a look online at the companies and discovered a couple of vacancies.
Getting knocked back can hurt. Dust yourself down and go again. Take the positives out of setbacks. See Listen, learn and move on for further inspiration.