As the summer comes to a rainy close, recruitment teams across the country are getting ready to kick things up a gear and get down to business. This means that the amount of jobs on the market is about to rise and anyone looking to take their next career step should be getting serious in their job search. Before you make the jump, read through our tips to make sure you’re in top job-searching shape.
Know what you want
Be honest with yourself about why you’re moving on from your current job and let that shape what you look for in your next role. The worst thing you can do is jump ship because you’re unhappy but find yourself in an identical situation in your next job. Similarly, if you love your current job but want to advance your career, focus your job search on looking for a company with similar values and a position with more seniority.
Your dream job isn’t always going to be on the market: be realistic about that fact and your job search will be far more successful. There will often be times where contract or temporary roles will be more beneficial to your career then permanent employment – and that’s fine.
It is far easier to take advantage of professional development before you move jobs. If you think you’re ready – or will soon be ready – to move on from your current position, take an inventory of all your skills and qualifications. Make sure they are up to date to increase your chances in a competitive market.
Optimise your CV & LinkedIn profile
These are going to serve as your first impression, so make sure they are up to scratch before you start your job search! For more CV & LinkedIn advice check out our career advice section.
Know your worth
Just as there isn’t much point in applying for jobs you’re drastically under qualified for, there is no point in going after jobs you are OVER qualified for. Do some market research to see what someone with your skills should be earning and at what level of responsibility.
Reach out to recruiters
The recruitment industry doesn’t always have the best reputation, but they are the people who work the hardest to find people their dream jobs. A partnership with a recruitment consultant means that you have access to an immense amount of industry knowledge that can make your job search easier. Find out what a recruiter can offer in our blog post Making The Most Of Your Recruitment Consultant.