Applying for a new job can be a really daunting and draining experience, whether you are looking for that all-important first job, or you are just looking for something new, there are certain things you can be doing to get yourself ahead of the game.
- Do your research
There’s loads of industries to choose from, and it’ll take time to choose which one you’d like to be in, and also what kinds of roles within that you’ll be qualified for. There’s several ways to go about it – you can look at the websites of specific companies you’re interested in working in, you can read up about industries you think you’d be interested in, or you could look at people who are already doing the job you like and figure out how they got into the role they’re in.
- Sign up to job sites
Job sites are a great resource to get you started. You can upload your CV, create a profile, and most importantly sign up to receive emails every week with the kinds of jobs you’re looking for. It’s a really great way to keep yourself on track with your search as you’ll be reminded to complete applications or at the very least look at jobs when the emails come through.
- Consider using an agency
Using an agency can be a fantastic way to speed the process up massively. It’s especially good if you’re really in need of a job as soon as possible, an agency can do the searching for you. If you want them to, they can even handle sending over your CV and details, and setting up interviews on your behalf. If you don’t want to dedicate much time to going through job sites yourself, it’s an efficient alternative to help you find a new role.
- Keep your searches and applications focussed
There’s a lot of roles out there to choose from, but it’s better to do fewer more focussed applications than it is to do loads of applications you don’t really feel invested in or don’t even want. Don’t waste your time, it’ll only make you lose motivation. Focus on the jobs you like the look of the best, and prioritise them to meet the application deadline dates.
- Make your cover letter as strong as it can be
Getting your cover letter right is going to be essential and it is one of the things that’s going to need to change slightly and be tailored to every single application you send out. Make sure you use the job specification for the role you’re applying for as guidance for the things to include in your cover letter. You need to show the employer that you’ve got what they’re looking for, so give examples of how you’ve used the skills they want in your previous roles – and make sure you are as specific as you can be.
- Proofread your application
When your application is all ready to go, it’s important to read everything through and make sure there’s no grammar errors. Potential employers will want to see a high quality application without any obvious mistakes. It’s the very first impression you get to make, so do your best to make it a good one.