How to be Job Search and Interview Ready Infographic
In today’s competitive job market it's essential that you use every advantage to place yourself in the strongest possible position to achieve interview success. Looking for work, can, at times, feel like a full-time job. There are both practical and emotional aspects to a job search. So it’s vital that you feel ready and equipped for the task ahead. This guide from Interview Fit will help you be job search and interview ready.
1. Review your online presence
LinkedIn is used by most recruiters for research and to source potential candidates,
if you haven’t got a LinkedIn profile you need to make it a priority. Add a strong headline that corresponds to the opportunities you are seeking and the keywords people are likely to be using in their search. Focus on highlighting achievements, contributions and transferrable skills when adding work experience content. LinkedIn is the largest professional network, so join groups, make connections and build your network. Most employers will conduct pre-employment checks, so remove posts and pictures that you would not wish an employer to see on your social media accounts
2. Create a compelling CV
Make sure that your CV is well written and contains no spelling or grammar mistakes.
Include a strong profile, setting out who you are and what you can offer. CVs should always be tailored to a particular job application; make sure that you carefully highlight skills and experience that most closely match the job description or advert. When providing details of your experience in the work history section, focus more on achievements than responsibilities. Make it easy to read; use clear section headings and bullet points to help emphasise key details, and always use a simple black font .
3. Establish a job search strategy
Identify which recruitment firms are appropriate for your chosen sector and objectives. Look at company careers web pages for live vacancies to apply to directly. Most large firms will have an internal recruitment team responsible for filling the majority of vacancies. If you have a strong LinkedIn profile and a company is looking to hire someone who closely matches your experience, you should be found. However, also look for opportunities to connect with decision makers and hiring managers. Many roles aren’t advertised; if you are aware of a company’s expansion or hear that they are hiring, then approach them directly. Networking, attending events, speaking at conferences and establishing a social media presence all build a bank of valuable contacts and can lead to potential opportunities.
4. Stay busy between roles
Opting to work on a contract or freelance basis provides obvious financial benefits. Contracting can lead to full time employment and gives you an opportunity to gauge whether it is a good personal match. Volunteering provides an opportunity to use a wide range of practical skills and can offer an enriching experience. Further study can be challenging with a busy work and home life, so having time whilst looking for roles could be a perfect opportunity to broaden your knowledge. This could provide you with a valuable competitive advantage.
5. Positivity and confidence
Mindset and well-being are crucial for job search and interview success. Looking your best and feeling energised will make you feel positive and confident. Fitness, sleep and nutrition are important.
6. Before and after interviews
Preparation is the key to interview success. Research the company thoroughly, especially their latest developments and plan likely questions. Research who you are meeting, their role and background. Study the job description and highlight which of your skills most closely matches the requirement. Create a job search tracking sheet; this helps monitor the progress of your job search activity and assists with follow up.