The start of the year is a peak time for people to start searching for a new job. SVC Solutions’ Business Manager, Julia Palmer-Randle, shares a few of her top tips for jobhunters.
With the echoes of Auld Lang Syne ebbing away for another year, thoughts quickly turn to new objectives for the next 12 months and for many people that includes taking on a new challenge in their work life.
It often proves to be a busy time for recruiters, with jobhunters busy searching for a fresh start for the new year, which ultimately creates a chain reaction of new vacancies as people move on.
So in this crowded jobs market, how can you make sure you find the right job for you and give yourself the best opportunity for your application to stand out?
Here are some of my tips for job candidates looking for a new job in 2024.
Your first step should always be having your CV at its very best. If you already have your CV uploaded onto a job board online somewhere, revisit it and make sure all the information is up-to-date and as relevant as possible for the new opportunity you are searching for.
While your CV may be a very personal thing, don’t be too proud to get someone you trust to read it through and give you honest feedback. There is always room for improvement and double-checking spellings and grammar will avoid any unsightly errors that you might just have missed.
Even before your potential employer looks at your CV, the cover letter or supporting email you send to explain why you are suitable for the role will go a long way towards creating your first impression.
Make sure you write something specific to your job application and clearly demonstrate that you have read and understood the requirements in the job description.
If you are applying for multiple job roles, keep a list of the job titles you have applied for and some key information relating to that position so that when a recruiter or employer makes contact, you know exactly which role they are discussing with you.
If all goes well and you make it to the next stage of the selection process by securing an interview, this is your chance to seize the opportunity. Preparation is always so important during a job interview, so research the company you are applying to and the role you’ve applied for carefully and thoroughly. Visit the company website and look through any details you can find on social media, particularly LinkedIn, and look up any corporate YouTube videos that might give you more of an insight into the business. It will also be useful to look at who is following the company’s social media platforms as these could be existing contacts or future clients.
Remember that the interview process is as much about you understanding if this role is right for you as it is about whether you are the right candidate, so write down any important questions that you’d like answered during the interview and take a notebook with you so you can take any necessary notes or reminders for things you want to ask.
At the end of the interview, if the role is exactly what you have been looking for, let the employer know whilst you are there and ask what the next step is. This will help to give you a timeframe on when you might expect to hear about their decision. You never know, you might even get your answer there and then.
Throughout the recruitment process, it is always important to be courteous and professional. You never know when a company or contact might re-appear on your career path, so leave a good impression. Most significantly, if you change your mind before the interview or secure a new position elsewhere, do let someone know and don’t just not turn up.