There’s a lot you can do to improve your prospects and make the next hiring manager to come across your CV more likely to pick up the phone and invite you for an interview.
Here are 7 ways that you can increase your prospects and streamline your job search!
1. Streamline your CV
Your CV should be as clear and concise as possible. Showcase the roles that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for, communicating the skills and experience that is the most applicable to the either the specific role you are applying for or the type of work you really want, if you are uploading to a job board.
2. Learn new skills online
A great way of boosting the number of skills on your CV is to undertake one of the many low cost or free courses available online. This can help you to stand out from the crowd, demonstrate your commitment and interest in a new area of work, if you’re looking to change career, and develop your skill set further in your current industry.
Here are some websites that offer free courses:
Another great way to strengthen your CV is to undertake volunteering work. This unpaid work demonstrates your work ethic to an employer and shows that you’re proactive, ready to learn new skills and adapt to new environments. It also proves strength of character as you’ve shown you are happy to give up your time to good causes. Have a look online or reach out to charity shops or community centres that you feel passionate about for volunteering opportunities.
4. Clean your online presence
It may sound obvious these days, but its a good idea to periodically check what comes up when you google your name online. Does your online presence align with the profile and interests on your CV? Any social media accounts linked to your name are likely to be viewed by a potential employer, so ensure that nothing inappropriate could ruin your chances. Sometimes websites can make changes to their privacy settings that can leave you exposed without your knowledge, so it’s important to check periodically.
5. Widen your search
You can raise your chances of finding work by examining what other sectors or roles your skills might translate into. If you’re struggling to find a role in your normal area of work, try to be open minded and compare job descriptions with your own professional and personal experience. Job titles are not always the most reliable indication of the suitability of a role.
This strategy can sometimes lead to great things, as you discover new passions and interests that you may not have known existed!
6. Improve your language skills
Brushing up on your language skills can make you more attractive to employers, and can even mean you earn more in the long run! Research has shown that people with a second language earn on average 10% more than those without.
Even if the role doesn’t specifically call for it, an extra language can often be of use to employers. If the company trades overseas then having someone in the office that speaks the language can be fantastic. We’re not going to pretend it’s easy to learn a language, but it can be a fun, rewarding way of improving your candidate profile.
7. Choose your font wisely
Think font doesn’t matter? Think again. According to Brian Hoff of Brian Hoff Design, using New Times Roman is a sin that can’t be forgiven. “It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected” he says. Similarly, you should avoid the much derided Comic Sans, a font so hated that it’s spawned a movement to ban it.
Instead go for something no-fuss and neutral, such as Heveltica, Arial, or Verdana.
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