Whether you’re just out of education or want to move on from a 15 year stint at a company, taking steps to get noticed by potential employers is imperative to securing that new job! From entry level to senior roles, it is likely that the job market with be filled with fierce competition. No matter the stage of your career, similar steps can be taken to get yourself noticed by potential employers…
Your CV will always play a pivotal role in your job search and should be fully completed before the job search even begins.
Make sure your CV is up-to-date on all counts. Your contact details not only have to be up-to-date but also accurate as this could be the difference between you receiving that essential phone call or email which leads to success.
Ensure your employment history is outlined clearly and chronologically, stating where you worked, your job title and the duration of your employment. So not to keep the employer guessing, account for any gaps in employment.
Highlight and prove your proficiencies and desirable skills by stating your duties in past roles. Be sure to demonstrate your impact on your places of employment and quantify your achievements as this gives potential employers a good idea of how you could contribute to their company.
Get your CV out there
Now that your CV is up-to-date and is the best reflection of you and your skills, it’s time to use it!
Job boards are easy to sign up to and have a brilliant dual purpose. Not only are they used by recruiters and employers to find the ideal candidate but you can also search and apply to job vacancies. As a side note, it’s amazing how many people upload outdated or incomplete CVs, therefore yours could be standing out from the outset just by clicking ‘upload’!
Job boards require a more general CV to demonstrate your skills, but when applying directly to a company or submitting a speculative application, ensure you use a tailored CV which reflects not only the job description but also the company’s values. Speculative applications not only show initiative but also the personal desire to work for that particular company.
Tidy up your social media. Although job hunting is all about getting noticed by employers – you don’t want to get noticed for the wrong reasons!
Join LinkedIn. LinkedIn acts much like a job board in the sense that not only can you be head-hunted but you can search for jobs. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to create an interactive professional profile which can help you stand out from the crowd.
Like a CV, you can list your job history and skills, but you can augment these details by demonstrating your impact in a more tangible way. For example, add links to past projects, ask for endorsements from former colleagues or recommendations from candidates that you’ve placed. LinkedIn can also demonstrate your interest in the market by your activity: photos, personal blogs or shared articles.
LinkedIn provides an excellent platform on which to connect with and reach out to people: employers, hiring managers, company pages and colleagues both past and present. The larger your network, the easier you are to find and the more opportunities you have to communicate with potential employers.
Your experience and knowledge will ultimately get you noticed by potential employers. Be sure you know your worth by quantifying your achievements and proving your skills. Knowledge of your potential employer and market will also help as shared values and genuine interest go a long way. Invest time in composing your CV and creating the best written version of yourself to form the foundation of your job search.
Author: Lowri Davies