This Christmas shop around

As we start to wind down for the year and before we wind ourselves back up for another one –  use the festive period to take a step back to think about what you want for your career and to start to think your approach to job hunting.

Here are some quick job search tips that will help you prepare for your hunt for a new job so it goes smoothly.

Have a look at your CV

Once you’ve had a look at what’s out there – take a look at your CV. Our guide will help you.

Your CV is your calling card – take the time this Christmas to update yours.  Top Tip: lots of recruiter sites have candidate CVs online – take a look, get some inspiration from someone else. 

Plus - ask someone you trust and respect their opinion to have a look at it for you for some honest feedback.

Start a cover letter

Draft a starter for 10 cover letter – a cover letter helps you get your foot in the door of an organisation and also will really help you to see just how great you are. Read our advice for putting a cover letter together.

Top tip: Continually develop and perfect your cover letter and make sure you adapt it to each position you apply for.

With the basics covered with a CV and cover letter drafted you’re ready to start your job hunt in 2017.

See what’s out there

Go virtual job hunting – take a look at the market place. What are recruiters looking for? What do you need to do to improve your skill set?

Social networks and corporate websites are your friends. Take a look at the roles you are interested in and the job specification.

Determine how you match the criteria and gather evidence proving you are capable of meeting the needs of the roles you are interested in.

If you understand what recruiters are looking for you will be in a strong position to be able to ensure you can tailor your experience to what they need and this will also able you to identify any gaps in your CV.

Be ambitious

Are you looking at a side step rather than a step up?  Sometimes a side step can be the strategic move to get you where you want to be.  But if your side stepping so you can take a leap but essentially remain in your comfort zone now’s the time to think big – to stick your head above the parapet.

Be realistic

Ok so we’ve said be ambitious and we want you to go for gold but you also need to be honest with yourself.  Are you ready to manage an entire department or is the next step for you managing a small team of two of three as opposed to running google?  

You should dream big and want that top job as a Chief Executive of a local authority but there are a few steps, jobs you will need to do before you get there. Be open about your ambitions but realistic in how you are going to achieve them. 

Think about the different types of interview

The world of interviews has changed dramatically in the last decade. Just reeling off your strengths and weaknesses is not enough to land you the job.  Today recruiters want to test your behaviours and competencies as well as throwing in a few old school questions – what would your mum say about you?!

Take a quick look at our article on how to get interview ready to help you but do a deep dive on the internet there is a lot of advice out there.

And relax

Now rest up, eat up and drink up (know your limits!) and we’ll be back in the New Year with more advice on how you can land that career defining role in 2017!

Merry Christmas!

From your WMJobs team

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