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Job Searching Hacks

Look, we know, searching for a new job is hard. If you’re already in a role, it can be tough finally deciding to search for a new role. If the decision is forced on you, by redundancy for example, it can be difficult even getting started.

The avalanche of advice available is overwhelming, makes for boring reading and is usually specific to a market sector or industry.

Here’s our take… Enjoy.

Recruiters spend (on average) 5-7 seconds initially reading through a CV. Yes, it’s debatable if that’s long enough, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, you have 5-7 seconds to make them want to read more.

Don’t waste time and words using the same language and adjectives as everyone else

So, you’re passionate, motivated, hard-working and versatile. Everyone claims to be and you can’t prove it until you’re in the job anyway. Highlight specific achievements or problems you’ve overcome instead.

Write like a human being

It makes your CV easier to read and the easier it is to read; the more likely recruiters are to get to the end.

Be realistic, not idealistic

About commute time. About salary. About job title (side note, try different job titles, your role may be named something different elsewhere). About your availability (for contact, for interview, for start date etc).

Be contactable

Have the right contact details on your CV. It sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how often people fail to realise a mobile number or email address is out of date. If you miss a call or email, respond asap. Recruiters need to know you’re motivated and engaged or they’ll find someone who is.

Don’t be afraid to reach out

Lots and lots of companies now accept speculative applications. That means that they’re happy to hear from you if you’d like to work for them. If you find a company like that, reach out. Introduce your CV in easy-to-read language and highlight why you’d love to work for them.

This is usually the point where agencies tell you to get in touch with their ‘specialist consultants’ to find your next role. But. The truth is, the above applies whether you feel the need to engage with recruiters or not.

Good luck with your search.

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