My English Point Of View
A recruiter’s top 8 tips for getting your dream job
1. Perfect your CV.
Unless you’re applying for a job in the creative industries, your CV should be plain black and white with no coloured titles or fancy fonts (Comic Sans will make a recruiter vom in their mouths) and try to keep it on no more than two pages.
Bullet points work well, as no one has time to sit and read a novel. Don’t include photographs, it can unprofessional (even if you did spend twenty minutes perfecting that selfie.) Lastly, very few people actually read your personal statement, so keep it down to just one or two lines about your interests.
2. Apply, apply, apply.
Apply even if you don’t have every single requirement on the job ad. Job ads are written around the idea of the perfect candidate, when a lot of the time, the perfect candidate isn’t available or doesn’t exist, so take a punt and apply anyway! This said, keep it realistic. Don’t apply to be a plastic surgeon if you’ve just worked as a waitress for the last five years…
3. Take a chance.
Find the appropriate contact at your dream company and send your CV in. They may not be advertising a vacancy, but there could be a space opening up in the pipeline, or someone could have just handed in their notice that morning. Worst comes to worst, if they really don’t have vacancies, they will hopefully add your CV to a pile to look at when one does open up.
4. Stand out from the crowd.
Do your best to make your application remembered, without crossing a line. Try opening with a witty line, but don’t overdo it to the point that you come across as unprofessional. Perhaps write a blog post about why you love the company you’re applying to and send it to them, or send something physical in to support your application. If you get an interview, be sure to send in a thank you note or email afterwards so they won’t forget you.
5. Don’t always just accept no for an answer.
If you don’t get the job, call up and ask why (politely!) Ask for genuine feedback and say that you’re looking to improve for future applications. This can help you improve for further interviews, but also makes you look eager to learn. You never know, making that call could get you another interview.
LinkedIn is a dream, use it to its full potential and go to as many networking events as you can. It may not always be about ‘who you know’, but it can definitely help. The more contacts in your industry you make, the more chances you have to hear about new jobs in the market. Plus you usually get free nibbles and drinks at these events, so even if it sucks, at least you won’t be hungry.
7. The Internet is your best friend.
Use it to your advantage. Create an online portfolio of your work, or a blog to write about your career achievements or ideas. Discuss market topics in forums, get involved with online networking. But please, for the love of all things good, make your Facebook profile private! No future employer wants to see pictures of you drunk in Ibiza dancing on Sergio’s lap.
8. Chase things up.
If you applied to a role at your dream job 8 months ago and you missed out by a hair, send the HR contact you made an email to catch up. Say you’re still interested and want to be kept in mind if anything else comes up. Sometimes they’ll offer to go out for a coffee, and even if they don’t, we bet you’ll be the first person they think of when a similar role comes up again!