Starting your job search

Here at PDR we understand that starting your job search can seem a daunting process and a struggle, especially if you have been in employment with the same company for a period of time.

Here are our top tips when looking for a new job or a change in career:

Make sure that you look regularly

It is important to not jump into applying for anything and everything, but to take time and look on a regular basis, the best place to start is online or contact your local recruitment agency (we are always here to help!)

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 don’t need to have 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 able to successfully prioritise your workload to a deadline to achieve the necessary outcomes.

4. Listening

Think about times (not necessarily whilst at work) where your ability to listen well resulted in a positive outcome –you are great at following instructions.

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 - this 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 solve 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 at and read the job description fully

Make sure that you read the job description thoroughly before applying for a position to ensure that you are best suited to the role.

Job descriptions can vary from company to company, so you need to know how to interpret the information and make sure that you would be suitable for the role and be a great addition to the company.

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