As the Christmas Party season is in full swing and Santa will be coming down the chimney very soon, it is easy to take your foot off the gas when it comes to job hunting. However, with the most recent UK Economic Outlook Report from KPMG indicating a positive trend over the last few months regarding UK Job Vacancies, you could steal a march on your competition by spending some time on relatively simple activities which might help you secure your ideal role in the New Year.
So, make yourself an eggnog, open your laptop, and try these suggestions:
Update Your CV
Think of your CV as your personal sales presentation. Often the presentation will encourage or possibly even discourage people from showing an interest in your skills and experience, so it must be attractive, clear, interesting. This is your first point of sale contact – make sure it has impact and is inviting.
There are no hard and fast rules, CV writing is not set in stone (honestly, your CV doesn’t need to be a maximum of two pages long, regardless of how many times you have been told that!).
Use a simple, common, widely recognised typeface (I prefer Arial). Artistic or gimmicky fonts are not always professional and may put people off. Keep the same font throughout the CV. Changing fonts halfway through looks untidy. Keep your text black throughout the document. Lots of colourful text can put people off.
Always check and double-check your CV. A spelling mistake may mean that you go straight on the no pile when short-listing candidates for interview.
Don’t forget your contact information! There’s no point writing a killer CV, if nobody knows how to get hold of you. Include a contact telephone number and email address at least.
Set Up Job Board Alerts
Yes, it’s good to check your favourite Job Boards regularly, and there are still plenty of vacancies on them at this time of year. But why not let them do the work for you?
When you register and upload your CV, you can set up alert criteria that will soon see relevant vacancies being emailed to you…….leaving more time to eat another mince pie!
Freshen Up Your Linked In Profile
Like your CV, keeping your Linked In profile up to date with your relevant skills and experience is crucial to being found by recruiters and employers.
This is a great chance to update your profile with any new qualifications gained in 2018. What about training courses that you have attended this year? Get them on your profile.
Even if it’s a new IT, Social Media or Software skill that you have taught yourself, you never know who might find it relevant.
There’s loads of good advice online about making your Linked In profile look appealing to recruiters and employers. This is just one.
It’s also a chance to get in touch with some of your ex-colleagues and other contacts who can help you find that next job. Just a simple ‘Merry Christmas’ message could be enough to get the conversation going.
Be Flexible with Your Time
It can sometimes be difficult to get time off work to attend interviews. If a company is keen to keep the recruitment ball rolling over the Festive period, they might ask you to attend interview in the week between Christmas and New Year. It might not be ideal but making yourself available over the next couple of weeks could save the hassle of getting time off in early January.
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