Proper Preparation & Planning!

So, you want to get a new job and you think you’re prepared to tackle the recruitment process? Well, let’s make sure you have a really good shot at success by exploring the most important things you MUST have covered to ensure you really stand out as the best candidate for a role.

The Right Job For You.

First things first, have a think about the type of career you currently have, is it the right career for you or do you need to steer your path in another direction or embark on a new challenge? Step two, start to pull together a list of your personality traits, qualifications and experience. Thirdly, open your mind, it is so important that when selecting a role that is right for you, you don’t narrow your chances of a happy and successful career by either dismissing roles without looking at their potential or thinking that you can’t achieve the role you desire. Now you have your mind set in check and a little bit of ‘you data’ start to do your research. Research is your ally, well-meaning advice from friends and loved ones is fine to a point, but it is all anecdotal, to get a broad perspective on what’s waiting out there for you take a really good look into: the profession you would like to work in, the types of companies that match up with your personality type and the job roles that best suit your skill set. If there are jobs out there you know you will be passionate about and happy in and they match up well with your personality traits but you are lacking a few or the qualifications, or some desired experience, research how you can get those qualifications, if there are any work experience opportunities, are there any entry level roles that lead to that role in the future. Never say never. And if you are still struggling to pinpoint the right road to go down then you could consider looking up a career counselor service in your area who will be able to give you further guidance and advice.

All set to Apply?

You’ve decided which direction to go in with your job search you’ve picked a few roles you’d like to apply for and you’re all set to attach your CV and get the ball rolling. But hold your horses, when was the last time you actually looked through your CV? First impressions count, so before you start the application process it is so important that you make sure you have a professional looking CV that is tailored to the roll you are applying for. Firstly, check the basics formatting, grammar, punctuation and that it’s not too long. More often than not one opening will have hundreds of applicants, anything over a couple of pages and badly formatted with glaringly poor grammar and spelling is likely to hit the trash can pretty quick. Secondly, any experience that is not relevant to the job role you are applying for should be scrapped, recruiters don’t have the time to go through irrelevant info and it also shows that you have read the job specification rather than unwittingly applied for jobs in bulk, a great cover letter can assist with this too. If you are struggling with this element then there are lots of good professional CV writing services out there who can help you stand out from the crowd. Once your CV is in tip top condition, still hold your horses, there’s something else to bear in mind…

Be prepared to be researched.

It’s not just the candidate who needs to research, good recruiters will want to make sure they are choosing someone suitable for their company, brand and someone who is worth investing their time and training in, so it’s likely they will be doing there research too and this is why there are lots of companies that carry out background checks. So, before you send that CV, make sure you have your personal brand and background ready to be researched. It’s likely that a company will do; a right to work check, a search of your social media profiles and various other pre-employment checks. Right to work checks are a business requirement as a government measure to minimise the mistreatment of illegal migrant workers, poor housing/working conditions and tax evasion. So as a candidate who has done their research and picked a good company to apply to, you can be sure you’ll have one of these. For this check all you need to do is to ensure you have the correct ‘right to work’ documents available for potential new employers. They will provide you with a list of acceptable documents, validate the documents and make copies for them to retain. In terms of your social media profiles, this is something you can do A LOT about, if your profile is mainly of you doing tequila slammers off barmaids on holiday and shows your ‘fun’ side a little more than it evidences your positive employee traits, you can do one of two things, either do a social media cleanse of all your profiles or lock down your personal profiles so only friends and family can find them, and create a new more business like profiles that are open to the public and will help push your personal brand. Try not to forget that you are going to be packaging yourself up and selling yourself to recruiters, so anything online is part of your marketing. There are other pre-employment checks that may be carried out depending on the role for which you are applying, so be prepared for things like references, background checks that may include credit history, criminal record checks, qualification and health checks. Employers want to know who they are employing before they employ them, just as you should want to know who you will be working for before you sign on the dotted line.