Starting your job search

  • Make sure that you look regularly

Looking for a new job can be a struggle, even for the most confident of individuals. It is important to not jump in to applying for anything and everything, but to take time and look on a regular basis.

  • Look at transferable skills

Softer skills than those directly related to a position, are incredibly valuable to employers. They show the interviewee that you would be a good fit for the team, what you can bring to the role etc.

Examples of transferable skills you can add to your cv:

1, Leadership

You do not need to of been in a managerial role to state this quality, you can write about when you motivated others to achieve the same goal even if this is not related to a work position and is linked to your hobby or interest.

2, Time Management

Time management is an important skill for any role, this specifically proves you can work to deadlines – but also that you are able to complete tasks in the most time-effective way,

This skill is carried across through all industries and job roles.

3, Prioritisation

Prioritising your workload is essential if you want to get anything done, on time, and to a high standard, showing this skill on a cv would show the interviewee that you are a on your feet and have your ducks all in a row.

4, Listening

Think about times (not necessarily whilst at work) where your ability to listen well resulted in a positive outcome – whether it’s that you’re great at following instructions (which meant your work was done specifically to a client’s requirements).

5, Communication

Good communication is an extremely versatile skill that’s an important part of every role – which contributes to the smooth running of any workplace.

Luckily, that means everyone has it. Examples of communication skills could range from instances where you communicated with a customer or client to fulfil their needs or resolve a problem, to times where you worked together with your colleagues to achieve a joint goal.

6, Research and analysis

Examples you could include may differ depending on the role and what is required, but a basic level of research and analysis skills can be shown in anything from university essays, to any form of gathering, organising, and evaluating information.

  • Look and read the job description fully

You need to make sure that you read the job description thoroughly before applying for a position, you would hate to waste anyone’s time especially your own.

Job descriptions can vary from company to company, so you need to know how to interpret the information in front of you and you need to make sure that you believe that you can fit in with this company.

A valid tip would be to note the specific keywords used and make sure that you use the same words in your CV and covering letter.

A company describes itself as it wants to be seen and it gives the company the chance offers potential candidates a glimpse of the company culture.