It’s often said that patience is a virtue. But patience is easier said than done when you are on the look out for a new role. This is compounded by the fact that ongoing economic improvements tend to be felt unevenly – depending on whether you’re junior or senior, your skillset, the area you want to get into. In particular, we’ve observed a lack of attractive senior roles.
Market factors aside, job hunting is equal parts exciting and stressful. Applications take time and waiting to hear back is never fun. So much of it is out of your control. But there are some factors to can control to maximise your chances, increase your job search productivity and ease those stress levels.
- Get your CV right
What makes the perfect CV? There’s so much advice out there it’s hard to know where to start. We’d suggest that a 2 or 3 document is just right. We’ve also noted a trend among MBA grads to have a strong ‘one pager’. This could be useful for sharing with contacts, and good for following up with a more detailed offering depending on the role you’re pursuing.
We covered networking here in a previous blog post. Check that article out for our tips. Also, think about refining your message. This is another way of saying, work on your personal brand. It’s not just potential employers who you want to get the word out to – friends and former colleagues might need remind too. What are your strengths? What kind of role are you looking for? Make sure you’re talking to people and sending a consistent message across all channels.
The Veronica Canning Book published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants is a recommended read for this.
- Contact Key Recruiters in your Sector
Explore different firms to find one that you’re comfortable with. A Recruiter will interface between you and potential employers. That can take a lot of the heavy lifting off your shoulders.
Use your network: which Recruiters have your friends and colleagues had good experiences with? Get on that Recruiter’s radar. Ask for a referral. Be persistent and follow up.
At Engage People, we love to hear from people – a clear email, up-to-date CV and a call is always welcome.
- Track Your Results
Keep a record of how your applications are performing. One useful metric is to note how many first-round interviews you get. This will help you to focus your energies. If you’re not getting any interviews, your applications need work. If you are getting interviews but not progressing often past first round, then focus on your approach at interview. Some useful reading here
It’s frustrating when you feel you’re particularly suited to a role, only to get knocked back. In our experience, the hiring company almost always has a list of must-haves in a candidate. Recruiters are answerable to these requirements, highlighting them in cover notes with each CV.
Try summarising the reasons you’re a great match for the profile in a bullet list. Again, in a busier market with more opportunities, persistence pays off.
If you’ve got time off between roles, try to enjoy it. This is easier said than done! But once you’re back up and running in a busy role you will look back and wish you’d relaxed and made the most of it.
We often link career and self-worth. Maybe too often. Use the time to work on your whole life – family, personal development, travel, sport, hobbies. Why not take a structured approach to your day? Block off time to focus on one thing at a time, the same way you would when scheduling a meeting or taking an important call.
Hopefully before you know it you will have an exciting selection of roles to consider.
Call Paul McClatchie to discuss opportunities, the market and any other questions you may have at
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