A Guide to Job Hunting – Through the Eyes of a Recruiter

If you are looking for IT graduate jobs or senior developer roles, job hunting is a simple process made complicated.

Here are 10 simple steps to maximise your opportunity at job hunting!

  1. Decide what you want to do next and what you can offer. Remember to be specific and realistic.
  2. Write down what you can offer on a CV. Make sure it is clear and easy to read and relevant to your target position.
  3. Make sure your CV can be found and you are accessible.
    –  Register your profile and upload your CV to the relevant job boards. If you work in IT or Digital, consider Jobsite, Monster, CWJobs and Jobserve.
    –  Use a cloud app like Box or Google Docs to make it downloadable.
    –  Be accessible. Answer your phone, respond to messages and emails. Many recruitment firms use withheld numbers, don’t be shy!
  4. Get all your profiles, bio’s and on-line places up to date and congruent. Make sure you state clearly the type of work you are looking for.
    –  So if you are a passive job hunter, make sure it’s clear what you currently do.
    –  Use your LinkedIn professional headline to reflect that you “are looking” and what for.
  5. Set up alerts for jobs on career sites and job boards.
    –  Get your CV on some of the job board databases as mentioned above.
    –  Don’t assume by doing this jobs will come to you, you still have to apply to new job adverts. To stay on top of this you can sign up for jobs by their e-mail service. Job boards will email you daily with relevant jobs that match your search criteria for example, IT graduate jobs.
  6. Network, network, network and ask everyone you are in contact with, who do they know and if they might be able to help.
  7. Be proactive, if you hear of a firm looking for someone with your skills, send them your CV directly. LinkedIn makes the process of finding a point of contact relatively easy. Avoid doing this with companies previously mentioned by a recruiter. Duplicate CV’s do not look good on you and this will ruin your rapport with the recruitment consultant.
  8. Always send a cover letter with every application, even if it’s not required.
  9. During the recruitment process, someone is bound to ask you to describe yourself.
    –   Make sure, you are able to describe what you do, your strengths and what you could bring to a potential employer. Make it compelling.
  10. Keep track of all the jobs you have applied for on a spreadsheet with a few bullet points on the role. The salary you discussed, why you applied and why you are suitable. Don’t apply for the same job twice!

 A few CV tips:

  1. Keep it brief and in bullet points.
  2. Put skill headers and experience headers in bold.
  3. Make your CV keyword rich. To find the best keywords for your CV, find profiles of people currently in the job roles you are seeking. Copy and paste their details into wordle.com to produce a word cloud.
  4. Minimise objectives and summaries. Concentrate on facts, relevant skills and experience.
  5. We have a collection of many more CV writing tips on our website.

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