Whether you’re in the job market or just taking a look at what’s on offer, preparation is key to securing a position that’s right for you.
Words: Colin Armstrong
We all have experience in the world of work and no matter the job, company or sector, we can find ourselves back in the job market looking to find our next role with little warning.
Looking for that next job doesn’t always have to be stressful. If you do your homework, prepare accordingly and adopt a can-do attitude, you may find that next vocation more easily than you think.
Bethan Robbins, commercial director at Hays recruitment agency, says: “Keep the faith, focus on what you want and make a target list of companies that you would want to work for.
“I’m a firm believer that there is a great job out there for everyone.
“In this region it does sometimes take time to materialise, but it will happen. Stay positive.”
So what steps can you take to make yourself more, well, employable?
Focus your search
Have an idea of which sector and the kind of role you would like to have. While it may seem like a smart idea to fire your CV off for every available position, it’s not always the most efficient approach to take, and it makes it more difficult to keep track of your applications.
It’s important not to panic, which isn’t always easy if you’re looking for work. In your search, highlight the jobs most suited to your skills and expectations and submit a strong application that’s tailored to each role and company.
“Focus on what you want to do, what you have experience in and what you are good at,” Bethan advises.
“You shouldn’t take any job that is offered to you; it needs to fit in with where you want your career to go in the future.”
Supercharge your CV
Your CV is your main weapon in job hunting and if it’s poor, your prospects of landing the job will be too.
“Everyone needs a good CV as it’s the document that sells you, brands you and markets you to companies,” adds Bethan. “Keep it simple to read, clear and to the point.”
Take your time to get it right, be concise but don’t waffle or exaggerate: if you make a claim on your CV you should be able to back it up. Pretending to have skills and expertise you don’t actually possess will only embarrass you and annoy your future employer when the truth comes out.
Okay, so your new CV just landed you an interview and understandably you’re feeling the nerves. You want to make sure the employer remembers you; this could be because of the quality of your answers, your determination or your professionalism.
Remember that everyone who is interviewed has to go through this process. It’s a level playing field and the fact that you secured an interview is a reason to be confident.
Be yourself: that doesn’t mean you have to have a few jokes up your sleeve but you can allow yourself to be relaxed and show you’re unfazed by the situation.
Maintain a good online presence
It’s not unheard of for employers to take a look at candidates’ social media profiles to learn more about them.
Before you post, consider what a new boss might think and remember that golden rule from when you were growing up: If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
“More and more, social media profiles are being checked,” Bethan explains.
“My advice is to be aware of the possible impact your social life may have on your professional job searching.”
Your funny joke or sharp comment, out of context to another person, may not reflect your personality accurately.
While you should still feel comfortable to be yourself and have opinions and interests, not everything has to be shared online for the world to see.
To seek more advice, visit hays.ae