#4 things to do before you start applying for jobs

Appraisals have been done, the new financial year has started and according to IIP, 49% of the UK workforce will be looking to move jobs in 2016. Many people avoid looking for a new position as it can be quite an arduous task – finding something appropriate, giant applications, getting time off for interviews, rejection etc. We have listed some things you can do to get started to make finding a new job as painless as possible.

1.       Social media Sense check

What does your online self say about you? According to a CareerBuilder study, 60% of employers use social networking sites to research applicants, up from 52% in 2015 and 11% in 2006. However that’s not to say you shouldn’t be on these sites – 41% also said that they were less likely to interview applicants if they were unable to find information on them online. Social Networks are constantly updating their Ts&Cs, if you want your profiles to remain private, now is a good time to check your privacy settings. You should also peruse your historical posts, your views then, may not reflect your views now.

2.       Linkedin

87% of Recruiters use Linkedin in their recruitment process, so it can be a great tool to showcase yourself, if you can be found. It’s not just about completing your profile, you need to add relevant skills and use keywords associated with the role you’re looking for throughout your profile. You should be part of groups that are industry and location specific. By updating your profile with searchability in mind, you will be found much easier.

3.       CVs are not dead!

Linkedin may be good for showcasing your talents but most employers and Recruiters still want to see CVs. Rather than update the CV you’ve had for the past 7 years, you should compile a new one. We have different types of CVs for roles in different sectors at various levels for you to review. Online tools, such as myperfectcv.co.uk, allow you to simply choose your CV design and insert pre-written examples of your experiences, generated depending on the sector and discipline you have chosen. These online tools are great for inspiration, but remember, the more specific and tailored to the vacancy, the more likely you are to stand out.

4.       Recruitment Companies

Vacancies are advertised everywhere, on job boards, Linkedin, Indeed, Social Media, company websites etc. you need to be proactive on each to discover what’s in the market. By signing up with a Recruitment company, they will do the searching for you and often have access to positions that are not available on the open market. They can also give you a good indication of the salary and availability of jobs you are looking for.  According to the Recruitment Industry Trends Survey, 634,000 were placed into permanent roles by a Recruiter in 2014/15.

Deciding to look for a new job can be a daunting task but if you take time to prepare, you will be giving yourself the best chance to land your dream role. If you would like more information or to register with ASA, please do not hesitate to contact us.