A job search is not – CV, COVER LETTER, APPLY, WAIT
A job search is – COMPLEX, INVOLVED, EXCITING
Are you hoping to make a great impression while breaking into, or furthering your career, with the profession you are passionate about?
It is not as simple as creating a generic CV, cover letter, applying, waiting, seeing. This may have been adequate some years ago, but now you have to shine above all others, and one way to do this is set off on the right foot – planning, being organised, creating an administrative system at home to track contacts, job applications, the status of your applications, people to get in touch with. Your daily live includes all sorts of administration you arrange naturally, such as shopping lists, booking a holiday whereby a number of different sets of data are gathered, noted down, referred back to – so why not start now while you are searching for your ideal job.
A company called Jibber Jobber considered these issues and built a software programme to enable people to manage complex job searches. If you’d rather not sign up to anything new, here’s a summary of their Top Tips:
Tailored CV for every role (old news, right?)
A tailored CV has been around for a while as we know, but don’t underestimate its value. Generic stands out a mile, and will put people off straight away. This is potentially your dream job – and your CV should reflect this with your skill set being directly related to the job description.
Network contacts (now, not only when you get the job)
Throw your net out to those you want to professionally associate with. LinkedIn is a great way to do this, connect with old, existing and future colleagues.
Track your applications
Track every job, every contact, all news relating to each application while keeping a handle on your online profile – if you meet an important contact, they may look for you on LinkedIn – update your profile as regularly as it changes. You may think keeping even a basic spreadsheet for your job applications is going too far, but think of all the information you could store that might come in handy later on.
Pursue every application
If you have taken the time to apply for a job, take the time to pursue the outcome. Track the closing date, if you haven’t heard from them; chase the relevant HR or hiring manager. If there is no closing date, call them two weeks after submitting your CV.