The task of job hunting is daunting whatever your current situation, as competition in the current market is fierce with possibly 100s of applicants per job opportunity. Preparation is absolutely key and although time-consuming you ‘ll be so glad you took the time.

Before you start your job search:

  • What are you good at and what do you enjoy doing?
  • Have a look at some jobs to see what appeals and see how closely you match what’s required.
  • If you’re considering a career change but don’t have appropriate current experience, consider further training.
  • It is very wise to check that your current CV is up to standard. If you’re not sure get your CV independently reviewed or ask for more professional help if you think you need to.
  • Many recruitment agencies and headhunters use online tools like Linkedin nowadays to conduct searches so make sure you have an online account – upload your CV to job sites and get a good Linkedin profile.

Ready to start now?

  • If you don’t have access to a computer, try your local library where you can book time for free.
  • When you’ve decided what jobs you want to apply for make sure you tailor your CV to each one.
  • Don’t apply for 100s of jobs speculatively, either by email or letter, chances are it will be a waste of time.
  • Apply for jobs that are the best match to your skills and experience.
  • What about training to increase your skill set? To update your skill set or learn new ones consider fast track training programmes or look for companies that offer it as part of the package.

Still not ready?  Of course I understand if you still feel like ‘a fish out of water’, so contact me and I’ll be delighted to help you further and put your mind at rest.

Article by Sue Edwards, Premium CVs, CV Writing Services

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