Every professional knows they need to be on LinkedIn. With over 400 million global users, LinkedIn’s sole purpose is to act as a place for people to do business – you can write loads more on your LinkedIn profile than you can on your CV and you can even add case studies, projects, images, videos and documents. So having a great profile is vital to the success of your career.
I’m always meeting people who are looking for a new job but it’s really frustrating when I see them making the same mistakes over and over again. I know it’s hard to see yourself objectively and, because you aren’t looking for a job very often, the whole thing can be a bit daunting. Here are a load of things you can do to make the entire job hunting process much easier for yourself.
If you’ve finally located your dream job, send in an phenomenally good CV that showcases your skills, talents and achievements and that incredible CV was accompanied by a spectacular covering letter explaining why you’re perfect for the position, the next stage on your journey is to be interrogated by a bunch of strangers. Daunted much?
There a set process when you’re looking for a new job: first you need to find a role you want at a company you’d like to work for so you can convince them to hire you. To be hired you have to get an interview and do well at that interview. But to get the interview someone has to have read and liked your CV. And that only happens if someone has read and liked your cover letter! Here’s how to nail each thing:
I get a lot of emails from people who want to change careers. They know what it is they want to do but they have no idea how to approach the CV-writing aspect. Frankly, I can sympathise with them – writing a CV is hard enough at the best of times without the job-change aspect thrown in! There is a way to do this though and I’ll be happy to tell you how.
Personal profiles are the hardest things to write so I thought I’d show you a few examples of profiles I’ve written for previous clients. You’ll see they’re written in an easily-customisable framework so specific words can be removed and replaced depending on what’s required for the position you’re applying for and what skills and experience you personally have.
Every CV you send out needs to be tailored to each job you’re applying for – you did know that didn’t you? If you’ve been applying for different jobs at different companies with the same CV each time then you need to stop immediately because you’ll never get a job that way. Here’s three good reasons why that will never work for you:
When I used to talk to people in depth during a CV consultation, the thing I had to constantly keep reminding them was not to tell their life story in their CV or cover letter. People seems to find it really difficult to be concise and edit (read slash and burn) their career history, but if your info isn’t of the slightest interest to the recruiter, then it shouldn’t be in your CV. This is how the process of getting a new job works:
Most people are terrified of interviews, but if you want a new job then you’ll definitely have to attend one at some point! You won’t get stressed and worked up over them if you plan and do your research – you wouldn’t go into an exam without being prepared and a job interview is exactly the same. Here’s what you need to do in order to nail an interview.
You probably don’t know this, but when you apply for a job online your CV sometimes goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that scans your CV for keywords to decide whether to put it through to the next stage. In fact a recent BBC survey of 20 of the world’s biggest organisations discovered that 18 of them used some type of electronic selection. Scary huh?