• Job Search 02 January 2015 | View comments

  • Stirling Careers Consultancy introduces some top tips gained from personal experience and research to help you gain your next job.

    The job search cycle is broken down into the following stages:

    1. Pre Job Search
    2. Job Search
    3. Using CVs/ Application Forms
    4. Interviews
    5. Job Offer

    Pre Job Search

    Looking for employment is a full time job in itself.  Before applying for jobs it is important to step back and understand your strengths and weaknesses and be self-aware. It is important to:

           1. Understand your core skills
           2. Ask yourself what do you enjoy doing?
           3. How much do you need to earn?
           4. How far do you want to travel each day?

    Once you have answered the above you can start to put a job search plan together.

    Job Search

    Six Top Tips

          1. Targeted approach
          2. Having an effective CV
    3. A combination of applying online and speculative approaches
    4. Volunteer
    5. Network
    6. Build an online presence

    It is also important to take regular breaks and reward yourself appropriately. Keep a positive mental attitude because you never know who you may come across whether in person on the phone or online. 

    Curriculum Vitaes

    Six Top Tips

    1. Check and double check grammar and spelling.
    2. Keep it concise and clear. Less is more. Aim for two pages, maximum.
    3. Tailor your CV – Don’t be tempted to send the same CV to a large number of      employers. Tailoring it will give you a better chance of success.
    4. Highlight achievements – Remember the purpose/goal of the CV is to get the interview – it needs to stand out and help you sell yourself.
    5. Back up with examples – Try to include examples of any skill or achievement.  This will give your employer an idea of how you have used your skills.
    6. Keep it fresh – Update your CV whenever you’ve gained more experience.

    Application Forms

    Six Top Tips

    1. Read the application pack thoroughly before you fill it in. Decide whether you want to work for the organisation.
    2 .Photocopy or print the form and write it out in rough first.
    3. Answer all the questions thoroughly
    4. In the supporting statement, make sure that you address all the criteria requested but don’t exceed the word limit (if there is one).
    5. Give examples.
    6. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes.  If doing it online make sure that you save it regularly.

    Interview Techniques

    Six Top Tips

    1. Confirm that you will be attending the interview.
    2. Research the organisation. What do you have to offer the organisation?
    3. Anticipate and prepare possible answers to likely questions. Practice your answers. Prepare your own questions.
    4. Plan your interview outfit and make sure it is smart and that there are no buttons missing or threads hanging loose.
    5. During the interview make sure that you have positive body language such as sitting up straight, looking interested and not fiddling with anything.
    6. Listen to the question, give examples and don’t waffle.


    After an Interview

    After an interview it is a good idea to evaluate your own performance thinking about what went well and not so well, the types of questions asked and make notes for future reference.  If you were given the same situation again would you do anything differently? 

    It is important to ask yourself if you were offered the job would you accept the job or not.  In either case you need to start preparing your response and be prepared for when the organisation contacts you.  If you are undecided, one useful technique is to do the pros and cons.  Also, if you want the job, start thinking about your salary negotiations in advance and know what you are worth.    

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