The 10 commandments of job hunting
03 JUN 2019

Published by Kandice Menzie


The 10 commandments of job hunting

It's official this country has gone mad. There is a visible sun in the sky, Mrs May showed actual emotion publicly and that giant orange baby is back and floating around London once more.

Things in recruitment are equally bananas right now thanks to the consistent grey cloud of Brexit leaving both employer and employee frozen in fear. Redundancies have become common practice as companies prepare for the worst once Britain does eventually leave the EU, and workers are clinging to their positions just to be on the safe side; all of this makes it a pretty rough time to be a job seeker.

So, if you are looking for a role, how can you stay ahead of the game and stand out from the crowd in these “uncertain times”?:

1. Firstly, use a recruiter; secondly, befriend them. Meet for coffee, email them intermittently to pick their brains about how the market is doing and what their current clients are looking for.

A recruiter who remembers you because you’ve made a strong, positive impression on them is much more likely to put you forward for a role when one comes up.

2. Ensuring that you’re vocal and visible within your sector is an assured way to get ahead in a hyper-competitive job market.

Attend talks or seminars and actually network whilst you’re there.

Use your social media platforms to follow up with everyone you’ve met and to (sensitively) engage with the conversations occurring within your industry. Prove that your job isn’t just something that pays your bills but a genuine passion that you live and breathe.

3. Thou shalt make thy CV mobile friendly. if your CV can’t be read on the portable device that your recruiter will most likely be reading it on, your chances of getting a call back will be reduced sufficiently.

It's 2019, optimised CVs are a standard.

4. Whilst recruitment has adapted to include AI and other digital helpers, written CVs are still the leading way to land an interview. So, make sure yours is perfect by getting help in areas that may not be your strongest. Alternatively, you can just drop into the next Gabriele CV Surgery.

5. Broaden your job hunt to include not only specialist agencies like ourselves but also more generic jobs boards too as you never know what you might find. Also, ensure that you’re signed up to job alerts so that you’re the first to know when relevant jobs have just been added.

6. Instead of embellishing your CV to the nth degree just let your metrics do the talking. People lie, but numbers don’t.

Start each discussion about your past work with the results you achieved.

Whether that is turnaround, transformations, impressions or acquisition, numbers get straight to the point and impress more than words. 

7. Less is more, so rather than trying to pack all your experience onto a page or two (seriously, no more than two) make sure that your CV includes links to showreels, past client work and an even introductory video about yourself.

8. If you want to stand out, you’re going to have to put some effort in.

Copy & paste cover letters won’t cut it in this current economic climate!

Small additions like a witty email subject, including the specific recruiter's name or finding out where they’re based then asking about the weather in that part of town, shows that you’re genuinely interested in that particular company rather than blanket applying for every available role.

9. Speaking of personalised, if you’re applying to several different job roles, make as many versions of your CV as you have to; each of them should include only the experience that most relates to that sector.

10. The last commandment ”Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods” was definitely in reference to job hunting in the Brexit aftermath, because it is a valuable point to remember. Ignore what your peers are doing and instead hone in on your strengths and what makes you unique, then amplify them throughout all your communications because that’s what will get you your dream role.

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