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Tips for the 2015 job search

by Sellick Partnership | 28 January 2015

The start of the year is an obvious reflection point for most people. It is a chance to review the successes and failures of the previous year and to look forward to what you will hope to achieve in the next 12 months.

Most people; and I include myself in this; started the year planning to shed half of their body weight, quit an annoying habit or vice and generally just try to become the best possible version of themselves.

Another quite obvious resolution is the dreaded new job search. For many, the start of the year will mark the gateway to new possibilities, but how many people unfortunately find themselves giving up by March, some may even have abandoned the search by now, then by the end the year find themselves in the same job and starting the following year in the exact same position.

Wouldn't it be nice to get the interview for that dream job this time?

The job market is now in a much more buoyant position and there is more confidence in the recruitment process.  As such there is more fluidity, which in turn equals more competition. It is even more important than ever for active candidates to make the right choices and changes when embarking in their job search; and that they avoid the common pitfalls of the job search and recruitment process.

Tips for the 2015 job seeker:

  • Don't use the same CV for every application. Read through the advert and consider whether or not you really do have all of the necessary skills set to take on the post.
  • Tailor your CV. Don't assume that the information on your CV is implicit. Recruiters don't have time to read between the lines. It is up to you to make sure the information on your CV reflects the job description.
  • Don't write your CV in story form. This is a big no. You are not writing "War and Peace". You are trying to demonstrate that you are right for the job. Bullet points and buzz words have much more impact.
  • Start at the end. Your current role goes at the top in present tense, all other roles are past tense.
  • What you did 20 years ago isn't relevant now. Depending on how many roles you have had, you only need to go back 10 years at the most. An 8 page CV is intimidating and unnecessary.
  • Don't start each bullet point the same. Over used phrases show a lack a creativity. It is always useful to have a Thesaurus at hand when writing a CV.
  • Show additional interest in the role you are applying for by connecting with the recruiters and interviewers on LinkedIn, or by following the company on Twitter.
  • Make the interview happen. Candidates need to be flexible to attend interview, so try and keep diaries as clear as possible.  When attending the interview, arrive no more than 5 minutes early

You should have made it to the interview now… the rest is on you!

To further discuss how to tackle your job search in 2015, you can contact Daniella Pye on 01332 542580