So you have made the decision to move jobs. So what now? What can you do to put yourself at the top of the list and secure the job that you want?
There are some key fundamentals in searching for a new role
1. Decide what you want to do.
Deciding that you want to leave your current job is a big decision but without a plan of what you want to do and where you want to do it, you could end up in a worse environment.
2. A strong CV
A comprehensive, well-constructed CV is vital. Alongside the information covering your contact details, ensure that you include relevant qualifications and technical knowledge. You should list your employers and positions (with dates) in chronological order. List your responsibilities along with your successes.
3. Decide how you want to approach potential Employers
Having decided what you want to do and constructed a CV, how will you get your details in front of the relevant people? Direct approaches to Employers can work and with some targeted research, you can find out about vacancies. Another method is to use a reputable Recruitment Company who will discuss your options and suggest suitable organisations and vacancies. When using Recruitment Companies, check how they will handle your details. You need to know where your details are being sent and for what role. You don’t want your details being showered around the market as it could end up in front of the wrong person!
4. Prepare and Research
The CV has been submitted and the Company wants to meet you. So what now? Use the time to find out as much as possible about the company. In addition, find out as much as you can about the Interviewer and the interview process. A good Recruiter will be able to give clear guidance on this.
5. The big day
For any interview, it is important to be relaxed and professional. Always dress appropriately and be punctual. Be honest about what you can and can’t do whilst promoting yourself. Be confident highlighting your successes. In addition, be prepared to ask questions about the role and organisation.
The important thing is to approach your job search in a professional and organised manner. It is easy for a skilled interviewer to spot somebody who has not prepared or isn’t taking things seriously.
Over the coming months we will cover each of these areas in detail so that you can be in control of the process and find the new opportunity that you crave.