Let's talk job hunting. Whether you’re already in a job and looking to move. Or you’ve already left a position, been made redundant, or are looking to change careers, job hunting can be a time extensive exhausting experience.
• Sign up to job alerts
There are hundreds (literally hundreds) of job sites out there – Pick the ones that are relevant to your profession and sign up to them. Make sure you set job alerts for when new roles that you could be interested in, are posted. This will free up your time from endlessly scrolling through job sites.
When you see a role that you are interested in, cater your CV to that specific job. Pick out the various tasks on the job description of the role you’re after and make sure that they’re covered somewhere on your CV.
Your CV should also include a personal statement and not be more than two pages long.
• Cover Letter
Again, tailor your letter to the role that you’re applying for. A quick rule of thumb is break down the letter into three paragraphs.
Paragraph One: Open with a brief introduction and the reason you’re applying for the role. Let them know what attracted you to the position and why you are the best candidate for the position.
Paragraph Two: Copy and paste the job requirements from the job description and identify 1-2 of your accomplishments that match the job description.
Paragraph Three: Close by showing your interest in the role, and express that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon to set up a time to talk.
• Apply for the role
That’s easy, isn’t it? Especially with the ‘Easy Apply’ button on some job sites and LinkedIn. No. The ‘Easy Apply’ button often means that your application goes into a black hole, never to be seen again. Although it’s not easy, you could try to find out who the hiring person is, (you can do this through LinkedIn), and you apply to them directly.
• Nail that interview!
Think of some SOAR (Situation, Obstacle, Action, Result ) stories so that you’re already prepared. Check Glassdoor for any previous interviewees who have left tips as to what questions you may be asked. Practise!
• Send a thank you email after the interview
Again, this sets you apart from the other candidates and puts you into the centre of the hirer’s thoughts.
Be ready to negotiate for the salary you want. Know your worth. Benchmark the salary for your role in your industry and know what is expected.
If you aren’t picked for the role, do ask for feedback. To many companies don’t offer any feedback, but if you’re lucky and manage to obtain some, this could be invaluable for your next interview.
The above is a brief outline of how to gain your dream role. However, we’re here to help make the process easier for you and give you some hints and tips to find your new dream job.
Later on in our blog series we will talk about each stage in more detail. But of course, there is another, easier, less stressful and dare we say, much more fun way of finding a new job…and that is to work with us at Amour Recruitment. We’ve shown you above how to job search on your own. Now see how easy it is to go through the various stages of job hunting when you partner with us!
• Job Alerts
We will already know what jobs companies are recruiting for as we work for companies looking for candidates. And as we also represent candidates who will be moving on from a role, we are in the enviable position of sometimes knowing when a position will be available before the client does…Tell us a company you’d like to work for, and we can approach them on your behalf.
• CV , Cover Letter and Applying for the role
We can introduce you into the company you want to work for.
We know the company. We meet all of our clients and are careful to build a trusting relationship with them. Therefore, we already know that you’ll fit in. We will talk to the client about you before they even meet you and they’ll already be excited to be interviewing you.
• Nail that Interview!
When you attend your interview, we will be able to give you background on the company, information on what they’re looking for in a candidate and tips on interviewing techniques such as questions the interviewer is likely to ask.
Whether you’re offered the job, or not, everyone needs feedback. There is nothing worse than spending hours of your time on a CV and presentation in preparation for an interview, to be told that you haven’t got the role, but not why. We will talk directly to the person who interviewed you and make sure that you have detailed, useful feedback that will help you with your next interview.
Let’s face it, none of us enjoy this part of the job search. There are very few people who relish the thought of negotiating their salary. For such an important moment in life, most of us fall short and undersell ourselves when it comes to asking for what we deserve. We will take this pressure from you and negotiate on your behalf to get the salary you are worth.
Once you start your new role, we will keep in touch to check how you’re getting on and help you settle into your new company.
Please do contact us if you’d like to discuss looking for a new role. We’d all love to help you!