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15 top tips for securing your perfect role

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03 Jul 2017

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As the economy continues on a path of slow growth following the economic downturn, the jobs market is changing. While, ultimately, the power still lies in the hands of the employer, candidates now have considerably more choice and opportunity when it comes to changing their career. 

That said, the rise of social media and impact of personal branding means that candidates have more to consider than ever before when applying for a new role. Our new infographic, created to mark our 15th anniversary, offers employees 15 top tips on securing their perfect role. We explore these in further detail below. 

Before applying

1) Make your CV stand out 

Businesses will likely browse through a number of CVs from candidates for any given role, so make sure yours stand out from the rest. Many individuals use their IT prowess to add an element of design or colour, while others add a picture, but this can often be too much. It is usually best to ensure your CV is fresh, simple and easy to read. 

2) Be proactive -- do not wait for the roles to come to you 

If you are ready for a new role, do not just simply wait for one to come along. Get in touch with recruiters and ask questions about roles and the market. Even if the company website does not say the business is looking at the moment that does not mean you should not tell your recruitment consultant that you are interested. 

3) Research each position and employer 

If you see a job you are interested in, do your research to establish whether it is the right career for you. It is also recommended to research the business itself, allowing you to get a feel for the environment. If you think their values match your own, there is nothing stopping you. 

4) Network with the right people 

If there are regular networking events in your industry, your attendance could be a great way of making new contacts. Furthermore, forums and relevant groups on social media, particularly LinkedIn, are other useful tools for getting your name out there. 

5) Build your personal brand on social media… 

Use social media to your advantage by sharing blog posts and other relevant content that you are interested in. This will give prospective employers the chance to see how passionate you are about your profession. 

6) ...But keep your private life private 

Sharing pictures while out with friends is perfectly acceptable, and most employers expect it; however, there is a line that should not be crossed if you use social media for both professional and personal purposes. Refrain from using offensive language, sharing offensive content or being overly political, unless your profile is set to private. 

In your application

7) Be proactive – follow up on applications 

If you know a business is hiring, get in touch to ask for more information about the role. Doing so can show the employer you are interested and willing to put yourself out there. 

8) Do not hold out for a single role 

If you are intent on leaving your current role, it can be better to apply for several jobs as opposed to setting your sights on just one, especially if you are unhappy in your position as it stands. 

9) Tailor your CV for each role you apply for 

Never send out a blanket CV because employers will see straight through this. Instead, ensure you are researching each specific position you are applying for and cater your correspondence accordingly. 

10) Create a strong, personalised cover letter 

Your cover letter needs to detail exactly why you should be considered for the role in question, including why you should be selected over other candidates. It is also vital to share why your experience will allow you to work well within the new business.

11) Show your personality

Use the cover letter as your first opportunity to show your personality. This written text should still be polite and formal, but you can discuss your interests and aspirations, as well as how the business fits with your own values. 

During the interview 

12) Sell yourself and your knowledge 

It is essential to demonstrate your knowledge in the interview stage, so be sure to have some examples of how you have utilised your skills to hand. Employers appreciate hearing real-life examples of how you have shown your capabilities, rather than hearing theories. 

13) Show your enthusiasm 

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but try not to let your nerves get in the way. Instead, channel any anxiety you are feeling into the interview, and do not be afraid of showing enthusiasm as employers will appreciate this. 

14) Brush up on your interview skills 

Beforehand, it may be worth reading up on some interview skills to ensure you are fully prepared. This can include anything from ensuring you are dressed appropriately to the body language you use and the impression you give. 

15) Ask appropriate questions 

Once prompted, show an interest in the business by asking some appropriate questions. Ask your interviewer why they like working for the organisation, or enquire about how the business has changed since they have been working there. 
Sellick Partnership’s consultants are dedicated to helping candidates find their perfect role, and we are happy to speak to you if you are considering a career change. Get in touch
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