Striking The Right Note In Your Job Search

Looking for a new job can feel like a full time job in itself so it’s important you take an organised approach.  Many people start their search by trawling through the adverts placed on job boards by agencies and companies, sending their CV off and hoping for a call back.   Whilst job boards are a great starting point they can be a minefield.  We’d like to advise you on how to get better results and manage your search more productively. Begin by making a note of a couple of the agencies posting the types of roles that you are interested in.

Take time to review how the adverts are written.  The recruiters who take time to write an engaging advert rather than just cutting and pasting a job spec will probably take a more professional approach to your job search.  Send your CV to your shortlisted agencies and expect a call within 24-48 hours.  During that call you should expect to talk through the basics of your experience, what you’re looking for and a face-to-face meeting should be arranged.  Be wary of agencies who don’t appear interested in meeting you before putting your CV forward for roles or simply tell you about roles without furnishing you with a job spec or at the very least detailed information about the opportunity.

The purpose of the face-to-face meeting is for your recruitment consultant to gather all the information they need to help you in your job search and maximise your chances of getting a role that is right for you.  The meeting should be a competency based interview in order to get you thinking about your experience and achievements in advance of any interviews and also to provide your consultant with all the information they need to recommend you for interview.

The meeting should also cover your strengths, drivers and motivations; this will help them match you to the right organisations. The recruiter should also give you feedback and guidance on your CV as well as your interviewing technique to give you the best possible chance of securing an interview and ultimately a job offer. It’s also a good idea to keep track of which roles your CV has been submitted for whether you have submitted it yourself or whether a recruitment agency has done it on your behalf. This is particularly important if you are registered with more than one agency.

Employers get terribly frustrated if they receive an applicant’s CV more than once – it can reflect badly on you because it implies that you are not in control of your job search.  The best way to avoid this happening is to make it clear to the recruitment consultancies that you are working with that you do not want them to submit your details for any role without getting your prior permission, ideally in writing.   If you do find yourself in this tricky situation, however, remember that it is your job search and that you are in control of it.  The best thing to do is to politely email or speak to the company which has received your CV twice.  Apologise for the mishap and explain which agency you would like to represent you.

Ultimately it is your decision but this should be done on the basis of which agency has acted the most ethically, advised and briefed you fully and got your permission to go forward for the role.  After all this is the agency that is likely to get you the job that you really want.   If you follow these simple steps it should be too long before the right role comes along.  If you’d like further advice on how to handle your job search please get in touch.