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

There are many reasons you might be looking for a new job. You may have gained experience in your current role and are looking to take the next step in your career. Maybe you have been made redundant, relocated and want to find something close to home. Perhaps you feel undervalued, having discovered that you are not being paid market rate. Whatever the reason, there are several ways that you can increase the chances of finding the perfect position for you!

1. Create an outstanding CV

When advertising a vacancy, most businesses will request that you submit a CV to support your application. You should 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 not be your life story, or describe in endless detail everything you have done in previous positions. Your CV should demonstrate your suitability for a specific vacancy in as short a time as possible. For detailed tips on formatting and writing the perfect CV visit our CV writing tips page. You can also visit our Candidate Support area 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 a cover letter is requested however, you should ensure it 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.

To write a good cover letter you need to research the company online. This, combined with the job description should allow you to create a great covering letter. For more information on what should go into your cover letter visit our cover letter writing tips page.

3. Prepare for your interviews

Hiring Managers in general will see around 4-5 interviewees for each role. It is critical therefore that you give a great account of yourself in order to secure an offer.

It is becoming increasingly common for first stage interviews to be conducted via telephone or video call, and 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 will rule you out of many opportunities. Should 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 can also have the benefit of improving your chance of securing an interview and an offer over those who apply directly, as recruiters should be able to provide an insight into exactly what skills and experiences the employer is looking for, allowing you to tailor both your CV and your responses in interview.

You can register online with The Burford Recruitment Company in a few 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.