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Time for a Change - How to jump start your Job Search

On09/ 01 /20
As we head into a new decade you may be thinking that it is Time for a Change so will be seeking a new role this New Year. You are not alone! An end of year Investors in People survey suggests that more than half of UK workers are considering moving or actively looking for a new employer in 2020.  Meaning it is more important than ever in January to make sure you stand out from the crowd when presenting yourself to a future employer.

Here are our super 6 tips to get you started on boosting your chances of landing that dream role.


 1. Get your CV ready


It sounds obvious but you would be surprised how many people don't get there CV up to date before they start contacting companies about roles. If you don’t keep our CV updated, who has time for that on a regular basis, it may require some dedicated time to do so. 

Don't skimp on time for this bit, it is the foundation of your search. Employers aren't interested in a chronological list of what you’ve done. Breathe some life into your career history by highlighting key achievements, skills, and challenges overcome. For some useful tips on preparing your CV, see our dedicated CV and interview section.

2. Identify your ideal role

Next, get clear on what your ideal role would look like. Include your absolute must haves and complete no’s. Be aware that this may be a role for the future, if so look at the caeer path you need to take to get there and work out where step one is.

Once you know this you can communicate what you want to your network, and any hiring managers succinctly. It will also mean you can recognise the ideal opportunity when it comes along and jump on it.

3. Contact Recruiters

Once you are clear on exactly what you’re looking for, get in touch with a recruiter.
They’ll be able to tell you if they have any roles that fit your criteria and advise you on companies hiring cycles, current market rates and more.

4. Be Active

It is now the time to sit back and wait for the jobs to come to you, wrong!  If you want to be first in line for the best roles it will require action. Keep an eye on job boards, many of which you can create job alerts to do the work for you. Keep on top of emails and calls so that you don't miss out on a great opportunity.

Try to measure your progress not by how quickly your get a job but by the action that you consistently take towards finding your new role and any small wins. This will help you to keep up your motivation levels, throughout your job search.

5. Use Social Media

A huge number of roles are shared on social media so make sure you follow the accounts of companies you are interested in, recruiters you work with and industries you operate in.

Twitter and LinkedIn are a popular platform for companies to share new opportunities. You can follow specific hashtags on Twitter and customise the types of jobs that are suggested to you in LinkedIn and mark yourself as actively looking so that employers can find you easily.

6. Perfect your pitch

When you reach the interview stage, you need to perfect your 30 second pitch. Your pitch should express what you’ve done, your key strengths and what you’re looking for. If you’ve already done step 2, you should be clear at least on the last point. Then practice your pitch until it’s perfect and rolls easily off the tongue.

We are on hand to find the perfect match for you and ensure you accelerate your career into 2020. Get in touch with our experienced team at Bucks and Bucks to get your new job for the New Year.

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