Applying for jobs is up there with moving house and getting divorced as one of the most stressful things you can go through. To make the process easier for you it needs to be broken down into simple steps. Read through the advice from us and our recruitment client dSb Recruitment Consultancy to help make this time more manageable:

CV

Firstly, dust off your CV and read it thoroughly, remember this is your potential employer’s first impression of you so it needs to be good. CV’s differ depending on what industry you’re applying to. Creative industries such as advertising are more likely to want to see an artistic, out-of-the-box CV displaying your design skills and imagination. Whereas, corporate industries such as banking or law are more likely to want to see a traditional CV in black and white with easy to read, bullet-pointed past experiences and accomplishments.

David Seamons from dSb Recruitment Consultancy stated that “CV’s should be no more than 2 pages long, be written in reverse chronological order and emphasise your most recent and relevant experience and achievements. Many employers favour CV’s that are accompanied by a cover letter and this is a great chance to tailor your application to the specific role.”

Due to advances in technology, the job hunting process now revolves around key words. Employers and recruitment agencies place job-seekers CV’s in keyword searchable databases. These databases are then searched using software that looks for specific key words that relate to the job role. To ensure your CV gets picked up by this software you have to include words that are specific to the job description. 

Not only this but one of the most important points in your CV is that it contains the truth. Nothing more embarrassing than being asked about past work experience that you’ve exaggerated in your CV and can’t back up in an interview.

Cover Letter

This is your opportunity to dazzle your potential employer. Don’t make this an afterthought. Your cover letter takes as much time and preparation as your CV, so don’t rush it. Cover letters should be personalised, make sure that you write a different letter for each role you apply for and make sure you sell yourself. In this consistently competitive job market employers will receive hundreds of applications so you need to stand out with a punchy, concise cover letter.

The simple points you should stick to is making the letter only one page long, include your contact details and ensure it is clearly laid out and easy to read. Say why you’re best for the job, what attracted you to the company, your top qualities backed up with evidence and emphasise your enthusiasm/individuality – nothing worse than it sounding boring and generic.

If you follow this simple process, you should be one step closer to securing that all important job interview!

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