Looking for a new job – what do you need to do?

Looking for a new job – what do you need to do?

There are many reasons you might be looking for a new job. You might have gained experience  and are looking to take the next step in your career. Maybe you have been made redundant or relocated. Perhaps you feel undervalued, having discovered that you are being underpaid. Whatever the reason, there are several ways that you can increase the chances of finding the perfect position for you! Use a salary benchmarking tool to find out if you are not getting market rate.

1. Create an outstanding CV

When advertising a vacancy, most companies will request that you submit a CV to support your application. Do not underestimate how important it is to have a well written, and well-presented CV that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role you are applying for.

Your CV should demonstrate your suitability for a specific vacancy in as short a time as possible. Visit our CV writing tips page for detailed tips on formatting and writing the perfect CV, and to download a free CV template.

2. Write a great cover letter

Businesses now rarely request a cover letter, expecting your CV to outline all of your key skills and experience to support your application. If a cover letter is not requested then you should not send one as it is unlikely to be read. If however a cover letter is requested, ensure it is well written and flows nicely. Spelling, grammar and structure are important. Do not fall into the trap of trying to overcomplicate your letter. It is not an essay writing competition. A good length is around 2/3 of a page.

Prior to putting pen to paper, research the company website and social media profiles online. This research, along with the job description will enable you to create a great covering letter. More information on what should go into your cover letter is available in our cover letter writing tips page.

3. Prepare for your interviews

Hiring Managers will have several interviews for each role. It is critical that you give a good account of yourself in order to secure an offer.

It is common for first stage interviews to be conducted via telephone or video call All too often, poor remote interviews can cut short applications. As with face-to-face interviews, remote interviews usually go badly due to a lack of preparation. For some easy but effective tips on preparing for both remote, and face to face interviews, and achieving a successful result visit our interview tips page.

4. Register with an experienced recruiter

Many jobs will only be advertised through recruitment agencies, so ruling them out altogether could lead to missing out on your ideal opportunities. When you register with an agency, you will be automatically considered for vacancies that match your criteria and experience as and when they come up. Applying through recruitment agencies will also potentially improve your chance of securing an interview. Good recruiters will be able to provide an insight into exactly what skills and experiences the hiring manager is looking for, something those who apply directly will not get. This will allow you to tailor both your CV and your responses in interview.

Register online with The Burford Recruitment Company in a under five minutes by filling in our on line form, or alternatively contact us on info@burfordrecruitment.co.uk or call 01993 225055 to discuss what you are looking for. Registered already? Why not give us a call and update us on your situation. Alternatively update your preferences regularly on-line.