All successful endeavours start with a great deal of preparation and landing your dream job is no exception. This is why starting your job hunt with a positive attitude and a stash of useful resources can have a huge impact on the outcome of your interviews. Here are some pointers worth considering before your job search takes flight:
1. Spruce up your CV
At the very least, you’re going to have to update your CV before it ends up in potential employers’ or recruiters’ inboxes. While you’re at it, take some time to delete any unnecessary information and please keep your eyes peeled for typos. You should also think about aligning your LinkedIn profile to the information found on your CV for consistency’s sake.
Some job seekers supplement their traditional CV layout with an original design in the hope of standing out from the crowd, especially when applying for design or marketing oriented roles. Using an original design for a CV layout, can make your credentials stand out more and better conveys how creative and innovative you are. You can read more about this trend here.
2. Put together an “interview wardrobe”
Be prepared to hear your mobile phone ring after emailing your CV. At this stage, it is wise to make sure you have appropriate interview attire at the ready, so you look and feel your best at every meeting. By putting together pre-planned interview wear, you’ll be set for any last minute interviews that come your way.
3. Need references, no problem.
Before you start your job search, reach out to past managers or mentors to see if they will vouch for your character or work ethic, if required. Some employers and recruiters do ask for references, and having these up your sleeve, means you won’t be taken by surprise. Knowing that you can depend on past managers or supervisors who are happy to recommend you really serves to boost your confidence throughout your job hunt journey. They clearly believe in you and you should believe in yourself too.
4. Know what you are looking for
You might be tempted to plunge head first into the search process, but before you do, take a moment to reflect on what you’re truly looking for in a future job. Narrow your focus and only apply for jobs that genuinely excite you.
Additionally, it is useful to define what your must-haves and nice-to-haves are at an early stage and to be aware of what you are willing to negotiate on. This will enable you to respond appropriately to any questions raised during the interview process.
5. Get to know yourself
Before attending interviews, make sure you’ve reflected upon any noteworthy accomplishments and transferable skills you’ve garnered from previous work experiences. Be clear in stating what your career goals are and how you see yourself achieving them. This shows that you’re focussed and willing to go the distance to reach your targets. Furthermore, understanding what makes you cringe and what makes you buzz is a vital step towards finding a job that will bring out the best in you. During interviews, take note of the work environment and atmosphere, the dress code and employees’ attitudes to gauge whether you could potentially be a good fit.