What to do when it’s time to look for a new job? These 5 steps can make a big difference to the outcomes

Written by Erin Horan – Legal Support Consultant (Temp)

1. Perfect your CV

Your CV is your first impression so make it count.

  • Keep it short – 2 pages is enough. The reality of today’s job market is recruiters and HR can receive up to 100 applications for 1 position, so most don’t have time to read 10 page CVs.
  • Highlight the important stuff – its fine to include your hobbies and volunteer experience, but make sure the most relevant stuff – like your work experience and education – is at the top and is the most detailed.
  • Spell check! There’s nothing worse than opening a CV to find it riddled with red squiggly lines. Triple check your CV to make sure there are no mistakes with spelling or dates.

2. Get interview ready

Interviewing is a skill, it’s not something we’re born knowing how to do, and there are a few things you can do to put your best foot forward.

  • Dress to impress!
  • Take your CV with you.
  • Be prepared to answer competency based questions such as “what motivates you?” and “what are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • Be prepared with some questions of your own such as “what is the reason for the vacancy?” and “what is the culture of the company?”
  • Have a breath mint before you arrive

3. Know why you’re looking and what you’re looking for

Take some time to think about exactly what you want to do next. “I’ll just take anything” is not a great impression to give to an employer. They want to know you’ve considered them and chosen them as an employer of choice.  Do your values line up with theirs?  Are you passionate about the same thing as them?  Do they have great career progression opportunities that excite you?  Being excited about a position will make employers excited about you.

4. Be positive!

Sometimes looking for a new job isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity.  Maybe your last position was made redundant, maybe your last boss was a tyrant and you had to work Sundays, or maybe the office moved to the other side of the city and you now have to take 3 buses and a train to get there.  But don’t let the negatives of your last job affect you getting a new one.  You may be worried about money, you may be seething about the way you’ve been treated, but put that aside for the duration of your interview and stay positive!

5. Filter your social media

Fair or not, employers can form an instant impression on you based on your social media pages, and one look at your Facebook page could be your undoing.  Update your Linked In profile so it is current and professional, keep your Twitter account clean, and remove those pictures of you and the beer bong from Schoolies 2008 from your Facebook page.  Also, Google yourself! You may be surprised what pops up.