New Year, New Job - Starting your Job Search

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Maire GerrardNo comments


You’ve updated your CV and are more motivated than ever to secure your next career step. The next stage is to kick start your job search and submit applications.

How to apply

While in the age of LinkedIn some job applications take just a click to complete, if you want to stand the best chance of success there are several job hunting tactics you should utilise.

Job sites are the most comprehensive source of current live roles, so naturally they are a good place to start your search. These contains a mix of direct postings from hiring companies and those from recruitment agencies acting on behalf of them. Subsequently, you should be able to tell which agencies are working on roles you are interested in, which can lead to another phase of your search strategy.

Contacting agencies directly is a great way of ensuring you are in the running for exciting new opportunities. Often, agencies will work on an exclusive basis with some clients, and upon receiving a brief for a vacancy they will always turn first to the candidates they already know. If you are one of those candidates, your application will be at the top of the hiring manager’s pile.

Supporting documents

In terms of what your application may consist of, this might include more than just a CV. For example, supporting statements or covering letters are a common requirement in order to ascertain a better sense of why you are applying for that specific role.

If you are asked to provide a covering letter, you should ensure you cover the following points:

  • Why you are interested in the role
  • Why you think you are a good fit
  • What specific experience you have that will be useful in this role

When to apply

Job applications will almost always have a specified deadline, after which no applications will be considered. However, if you want the best possible chance of success, being an early applicant is important. This is because most submissions will be received close to the deadline, so by sending yours earlier it will be read in isolation, and thus have the hiring manager’s total focus. This is preferable to it being considered when time is tight and there is a large pile they have to get through.

If you are looking for a new role, our team of specialist consultants would be delighted to support you in your job search. Please contact our regional offices using the contact details here.

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