What is the perfect Job Search Strategy in 2016

2016 is upon us and you may have looked back on the previous year and decided that it’s time to make some changes – join a gym, update your wardrobe, get a new job. The first two are relatively easy, but finding a new job could be harder than you think. However, with the right tools in your job search armoury, you could be handing in your notice before you know it. Should you need a little extra help along the way, having a career coaching session or two can make all the difference to your career progression prospects.

When you decide the time is right to make a career move and start your job search, it’s important to sit down and consider the skills, knowledge and talents you have to offer a potential new employer. If you’re looking for a promotion or a change of career, do you need to do any additional training or development in order for you to comfortably achieve that? Job Search in 2016

Are you ready to start your job search? Is your CV up to date? Your CV is your way of concisely showing your potential new employer what skills and experience you have to offer. Keep it simple; keep it brief and no more than three pages long. It’s useful to have a “master” CV and then tailor it accordingly for each job you apply for. If you’re sending your CV out, don’t forget a well written, correctly spelt cover letter will be the biggest first impression you can make.

If your CV or job application impresses, you may be invited for an interview. Interview practice is essential, perhaps a friend or colleague can help you to “role play” some potential questions and the answers you may give. Again an interview is your chance to make a great first impression, so dress appropriately for the job you want. If you feel you need additional support with your interview preparation then a session with a career management consultant can often be a shrewd investment.

It’s worth noting at this point that many recruiters and employers like to do their homework on their potential new employees, so it’s worth conducting an online search of your own to see what they might be able to see too. A recent reputation study by Microsoft shows that a whopping 70% of recruiters in the USA have rejected an applicant due to what they found out about them online. It’s worth checking your privacy settings on your social media accounts and deleting anything you would not be happy for your potential new boss to see.

There is no better time than the beginning of the year to start your job search, with a slew of vacancies being advertised, maybe it’s time for that new start you’ve promised yourself.

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