If you are ready to get started with your job search and get hired, you may want to take a moment to consider what an employer will see when viewing your CV.
Before applying for any job, you should assess whether your CV matches the requirements and ticks off the skills required for the role. Are you making yourself employable and doing everything you can to get hired, or is there something more you could do?
Here are 5 points to consider:
1. Get Experience
If you’re just getting started with your career, then the experience section of your CV may need a little booster. Internships, shadowing, summer jobs, part-time work, volunteering, a year in industry or work placements are all great ways to acquire experience and look impressive to employers.
It is important for the vast majority of jobs to show employers that you have developed key skills like teamwork, organisation and communication. Work experience will also make you more commercially aware, which is what most recruiters and employers really want from you.
2. Start Job Hunting Early
Don’t put off your job search until you actually need a job. If you are in the last few months of your studies, then you should get started and be prepared in order to set yourself up for success.
Planning ahead and researching the industry you want to work in will make your job search a lot easier in the long run.
You should also register your CV with CV-Library so that employers and recruiters can contact you about relevant opportunities.
3. Tailor Your Application
Sending out a standard CV to numerous companies just isn’t going to cut it. You need to really make an effort with each of your applications and a cover letter should always be sent alongside a CV application. You may apply for fewer jobs in a day with this method, but you will get better results.
Making the effort with applications does pay off.
4. Research the Company
Conducting company research is important when attending an interview, but it is also crucial at the application stage. Cover letters may often include answering why you want to work for that company, and you need a specific answer.
Find out what the company does and who their clients and competitors are so that you can really show how motivated you are to work there.
5. Talk to people
You know lots of people and those people know a lot of other people who know a lot of helpful stuff. Use your contacts and their connections to find out more about the kinds of jobs you are interested in and what’s involved.
You can also ask for application advice and ways that you may be able to get an advantage over other applicants. Also, ask where they would recommend you look for vacancies.
Always Remember: Employers do not expect you to have a perfect skillset. However, they do expect you to be self-aware and to know what your weaknesses are. Show them that you are taking steps to improve in these areas.
Often, it’s the extra-curricular activities and commitments that make you stand out from the crowd and get hired. They demonstrate numerous skills and make you employable.