Looking for a job change?

2017-03-14 06:03

THE start of the year is often a time when many people think about getting a new job. New Year’s resolutions prompt thoughts of change of direction or a desire for promotion, while many companies choose to list open positions early in the year so that they can boost their team and work on achieving their goals for the months ahead.

Step 1: Make your CV stand out

The first step to getting a new position in a short time is making sure that your CV stands out. Your CV represents you in your absence. After all, this will be the first thing that employers typically see when they’re comparing candidates, so it really needs to make you stand out from the rest.

Ensure that your document is up to date

Your CV needs to include all the new skills that you have attained or new areas of responsibility and new tasks that you have been given.

Lay out your CV in the best way possible

Recruiters look at dozens of CVs each day and as a result don’t have enough time to read each word on a page.

Instead, they skim through documents to search for core qualifications, skills and the experience needed for the role.

What to do

Ensure they spot everything they need to quickly, by setting out your CV with multiple sub-headings. Also, put the most relevant information (such as your best successes in your career, your education and your top positions) in the first section that they see.

Step 2: Build your connections and your brand

You can hear about jobs before they’re advertised and get a jump on the competition, as well as be more likely to be introduced to key recruiters and employers, if you build up a comprehensive network of connections in your industry.

Step 3: Use the resources available to you

Lastly, keep in mind that you likely have a variety of resources available to you that you can use to shorten your job hunt. For example, you might be able to use client testimonials and reference letters or posts from past colleagues or employers, to shout out your qualities and generate interest from those doing the hiring.

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