At Humber Recruitment, we’re here to help you find a job that’s made for you. Below you’ll find useful advice to help you find the perfect job for your experience, qualifications and aspirations whether you are looking for temporary or permanent work.
Job search techniques
Looking for a new job can become a job in itself, however if you plan your search correctly, you could be on your way to a great new career sooner than you think.
Here’s our advice on the key things to need to do to make your job hunt a resounding success:
- Look for hidden vacancies
Instead of advertising their available jobs, employers often look to fill vacancies by word of mouth, headhunting or simply by recruiting internally. Knowing how to get yourself in contention for these roles could give you a major boost when it comes to finding your next role.
- Get employers to come to you
Getting headhunted is no longer the preserve of employees in senior management. Make sure your CV is on-line using recruitment sites like Reed, Total Jobs and Monster
- Target the right companies
Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or would you rather have the safety of a large organization with job security and a clear career path? Knowing what you want allows you to narrow down your search and spend more time on applying for the roles you really want.
- Build a network
Networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don’t need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively; just keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage.
A CV is often the only information a recruiter or prospective employer has to evaluate you on, so creating a professional first impression is absolutely vital. Whether you’ve set your sights on moving to a different company, winning a promotion with your current employer, or simply getting back into the workplace after a period of unemployment.
CV basics cut across most examples you will come across. They include educational background, achievements, job experience and career goals. CVs are designed to provide a summary of your education and work experiences so potential employers can decide whether to grant an interview. CVs may take on a number of different formats or styles, including chronological, targeted, functional or a combination of styles. Regardless of the style, make sure your CV flows logically and is error-free.
Even those who have a solid resume or CV should consider ways to improve or tailor the document to the open position. To successfully market work skills, a resume or CV should contain up to date information, be very clear, well organised and follow a set format based on the particular resume or CV style selected. When it is time to focus on improving your resume/CV, taking a look at solid sample resumes and CVs can be very useful. Keep in mind that resumes and CVs generally serve as the first introduction for a job candidate with a potential employer. The need for accuracy, thoroughness and professionalism is high.
Help with creating your CV
If you need help in creating an effective CV please give us a call on 01472 729768.
Most people dread job interviews, but by approaching them in the right way and taking note of a few key things, you can make sure you don’t freeze on the big day.
Being prepared is one way of making sure there are no nasty surprises. Find out about the company’s vision, products, culture and the kind of people who work there. Then use that information along with the job description to provide examples of why you’re a suitable candidate.
You should already know your CV like the back of your hand, but there’s no harm in giving it one last read so you can immediately answer any questions about your past employment and education.
There’s no way you can prepare for every question they throw at you, but if you’ve thought about possible responses to the more common questions, you will be less likely to be tongue tied during your interview.
Travelling to your interview can be stressful. Try to do a trial run before the day of your interview so you know exactly how long it takes and can plan accordingly. Rushing into the building 10 minutes late after running 2 miles isn’t going to put you in their good books. Even if you’re not feeling confident, make sure you act confident.
Always try to use appropriate body language in your interview, such as making a positive (but not finger crushing) handshake, looking your interviewer in the eye, and sitting up straight in your chair.