Finding a Job

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Practical ways to help you manage your job search and find the right job.

  • Optimise your CV
  • Do some homework
  • Aim high and low
  • Use of right keywords
  • Avoid the reject bin

Optimise your CV

Put yourself in the eye of each employer and make sure you have given the stress on the qualities in your CV; they'll be most interested in. Don't use jargon they won't understand and if your former employers aren't well-known, explain briefly the nature of each, before detailing what you did there.

Do some homework

Many careers can sound exciting when you only know a little about them, Make sure you know what's boring and awful about a job, as well as what's required – only then can you decide if it's the right choice for you.

Aim high and low

Apply for jobs above and below the level you are currently (or were formerly) working at. It's hard to generalize, but particularly if switching career, you need to be realistic about the level of opportunity that may be available to you.

Use of right keywords

If you upload your CV online, make sure that high up (and in the filename) it contains lots of keywords that are relevant to your ideal job. The purpose is to have your CV pop up at the top of the list when a potential employer searches for those keywords. It's vital that the details uploaded in your online profiles match the details contained within your CV and cover letters.

Avoid the reject bin

There are a lot of potential causes of rejection. A strong CV could offset a poor interview and vice versa but a poor letter of reference would sink the candidate regardless of the strength of the application. References and reputation count. Remember, many references are now supplied over the phone and any lukewarm responses would result rejection.