Ten Tips to guarantee your Job Search success

4 06 2009

We’ve all been given hints and advice over the years for what to do when job seeking; “Your CV should only be 2 pages long,” “You should speak to no more than 3 recruitment agencies” etc etc… In today’s difficult recruitment marketplace, where candidates are ten-a-penny, we, at Creative Leadership, thought we’d get the low-down from some of our expert recruitment colleagues and associates. Here are their top ten Job Searching tips;

1. Work out what you like doing and why you like doing it. Employers are looking for people with a passion for what they do. You need to demonstrate it.

2. Network – get yourself out there, maximise, maintain and manage your network. Your little black book is critical to your success no matter what level of seniority you are looking to attain. Ask everyone in your network for at least two recommendations to speak to who can help you, take up drinking tea and coffee and meet people informally who might be able to help you. Remember to focus your attention not solely on what they can do for you, but what you might do for them too.

3. Tailor your CV to what a prospective client/job requires. In fact, have more than one CV! It should be no more than two pages long and invite the interviewer to find out more about you. Make sure the basics are right – no typos in CVs and letters/e-mails, no obvious ‘generic’ applications etc.

4. Have something that makes you different from the crowd, and that ought to be something that meets an employer ‘need’ or ‘want’. What is your unique selling point? 



5. Use your cover letter to match the company’s TOP requirements. Make sure it’s specific to the job you applying for, highlighting your strengths in relation to the advertised role and why you are relevant for that position. Emphasise what you can do for the company and how you can add value to the business.

6. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Research companies you would like to work for. Employers want to be persuaded that you want that particular job in their organisation, not just A Job! Go for jobs that you know you really want and have the qualities for. Don’t waste your time with others.

7. There are now between 2 and 5 times the number of applicants for each role so the ‘war of attrition’ is even more pronounced. This means you have to be even more prepared to apply for more jobs and therefore endure more rejections. Therefore, persistence will be a key factor. 
Also, don’t be afraid to send your CV directly into HR for large companies thus by-passing recruitment agencies. 


8. Be well presented – Shiny shoes and a suit always get you through

9. Prepare and practice answers to Competency based interview questions. Use the STAR model when answering interview questions. Talk about the Situation or Scenario, outline the Tasks you undertook, what Action was required and what the end-Result was.

10. Be an effective communicator. Don’t interrupt the interviewer! Smile and be confident! 



Now, more than ever, it’s essential that you represent yourself perfectly.

Maybe you don’t have a CV and want a formula to create one. Alternatively perhaps you want help with interview tips and practice. Either way, Creative Leadership can help you with 1-2-1 career coaching or group workshops.  Here’s what some of our clients have to say:

“The experience was positive and challenging. It made me look beyond my comfort zone and forced me to analyse what’s important to me. I got to know myself better and as a result I was more motivated. I have started my new role full of self-confidence, knowing what I’m good at, believing in myself and with the determination to make a difference.”  E Godwin, Career Coachee 2008

Thank you for pointing out that the job interview I was going for wasn’t really what I wanted. I think sometimes it takes someone else to remind you what you have achieved and just because you have been made redundant it doesn’t mean you have lost all your ability and you don’t have to settle for second best.  I am not only going to focus on PT and teaching but think of the wider picture – I still don’t know what that is and I am still winding my husband up throwing business ideas at him while watching football! Talking to you really helped, it gave me the buzz and lift I needed to make my decision – thank you.”  C Wheeler, Career Coachee 2009

Ensure your career success. Get in touch with us at Creative Leadership today on info@creative-leadership.co.uk or 01202 853647. Alternatively visit the website www.creative-leadership.co.uk

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