With the start of a new year, many of us are feeling a renewed sense of optimism for the future. As a result, the new year often sees many people dust off their old CVs and start the hunt for a new job.
The good news is many employers will be looking to take on new staff in the new year, and may even have increased budgets to be able to fund this.
The bad news (there’s always some, isn’t there?) is that competition for positions is likely to increase at this time of year, as candidates flood the market.
How then, can you ensure you stand out from the crowd?
#1 – Update your CV
Rather than simply reusing the same tried and tired CV, take the time to fully update it now, even if you’ve not officially started your job hunting yet.
Take the time to think about what your responsibilities, duties and achievements have been in your current position. Add everything that’s likely to be relevant.
#2 – Think about why you want to change roles
Stop and analyse why you want to move positions, or employer. Is the commute getting you down? Do you think you deserve a larger salary? Have you exhausted all your options for career progression where you are now?
Whatever the reasons, write them down, and see which ones you can use to show your enthusiasm for a new career.
#3 – Tailor your application
When you do find a role that’s perfect for you, make sure your CV is tailored specifically to it. You should never just send out a standard CV, no matter how good you think it might be. One size does not fit all in this situation.
Look at what the job description or person specification is actually looking for, and make sure your CV demonstrates how you meet those requirements.
#4 – Send a cover letter
Start preparing your cover letter now, so you don’t have to sit staring at a blank page for hours on end as the deadline for applications looms.
Cover letters, like CVs, tend to follow a similar format, so you can get many of your thoughts and selling points down on paper long before you find the perfect role. As with a CV however, you will need to ensure you tailor it to meet the objectives of the position.
#5 – Do some research
If you’re serious about getting out of your current position, start doing some research for companies you might want to work for. See if they’re hiring, and even if they aren’t, consider sending a speculative application. At worst, they will no doubt keep your details on record for when they do start hiring again.
Keep an eye on the employers that interest you, so you will be in the best position to know when they do open their doors for the next recruitment drive.
Remember, here at Time Saving Heroes we offer CV and Cover Letter writing services, as well as full reviews of your current CV so you can make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Give us a call on 0161 883 2024, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org