How it Rolls
The Job of Finding a Job
First things first
Accept that this is really an overnight process and can actually take anything up to six months ie if it doesn’t happen in four weeks you are not failing. Turn of the year, February and March are really good months.
Think about it: Make sure you are really clear about what you are looking for, what your ‘red lines’ are, what you are naturally good at and what needs improving, what are the must-haves in a new job. This list is not static, whilst you are out there searching you may want to refresh the list.
Use all the tools at your disposal, websites, friends, networking contacts, cold calls to companies you like, LinkedIn, you got it look at every single possible contact or friend of a contact.
If someone doesn’t know you, to be blunt, this is it, so it has to look good and impressive and be honest. If you haven’t refreshed it in a year then you are not looking at it enough – it needs to reflect who you are now. ps did you know our team at Riverside Cares can arrange a one-to-one CV session
Make Sure it does
Fit on a max of two pages ideally one
Recent stuff first
Have a few versions each tailored to the job you are applying for ie highlighting the bits most relevant to a potential employer
Spell everything correctly
Gaps – explain them – and its totally okay to have taken time out to deal with a family crisis
Toot your own horn – you bake great cakes? say it. You love reading, make sure that you have names of recent books in your mind if this is mentioned at interview
Make sure you don’t
Over embellish your skills or work experience
Use expressions like hard worker, its a bit cringy – work-hard-play-hard … just an off putting expression
Overload the person reading it – think they’re running their hand down a list to see if you are at basic level a fit, so help them in that process
Always ask someone first before putting their name down for so many reasons ranging from they are no longer contactable to discovering the hard way you are no longer their best things since sliced bread
Keep refreshing your referee list and think about asking people in advance of beginning your job search
Looking the part
Dress as you would if you were an employee in the role you are applying for HOWEVER if the uniform is sweat pants and a tee then don’t take that advice and instead wear something that you would perceive to be office-friendly
Just take a very honest look at it – anything that doesn’t look right in your feed delete and go back five years if necessary.
Every study shows that at least 5 out of 20 would be employers try and find a candidate on Facebook and they look at all kinds of stuff. We might consider it snooping but its just how it is now and no-one can stop it
Be your best self, and don’t be distracted by your phone ie your less than best self. If your phone rings during an interview – don’t answer it and remember you should have had it switched off for the duration of the interview.
Got a crazy cold – if you can’t take it to help you function through the interview – then cancel the interview. No interviewer wants to take a little bit of you home with them:)
If you love the job, make sure to say at the interview, by thanking the interviewer(s) and that you hope you will be considered as you are very interested
If you feel you need more support to prepare for an interview, Riverside Cares can arrange for a one-to-one interview technique session (price on application) we’ll work through your CV with you helping you ways to comfortably express yourself about your skills and underpinning knowledge. One of our expert team will role play with you so you can find the languague that best suits you and to give you ways of remembering all the important things you’d like to say