Job hunting top tips

Whether you’re currently out of work or looking to change jobs, here are some tips to help land you that next job.

Unless you are one of the lucky few that manages to find themselves in a new job easily, job searching can be challenging and at times frustrating. Job-hunting itself can feel like a full-time job. Expect knock backs and it can take time, but don’t give up.

Identifying what you’re good at

Before starting your job-search, take some time to identify your transferable skills.

Think about your strengths and weaknesses. If you are lacking in self-confidence, you may find this particularly challenging. Try asking a friend as they can quite often see qualities you can’t.

The National Careers Service provide lots of free information, guidance and advice. You can perform a “Skill Health Check” whereby you go through a series of assessments. This is another great way to identify your strength and skills.

The site also offers a CV tips, action plan and you can explore job profiles to find out what a job involves and if it will suit you.

You can also request face-to-face careers support if you think this would be helpful, contact them on 0800 100 900.

Writing your CV

Whether you are starting your CV from scratch or adapting from a previous one, writing a CV can be a daunting task. There are plenty of sites online offering advice on how to write a CV and some sites have CV builders.

If you need support Access All Areas (Tunbridge Wells) and the Job Club (Dover) run weekly drop-in sessions offering help with CV writing as well as interview tips and other useful skills for job hunting.

Try to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for by highlighting key skills that are relevant to each individual post.

Remember, unless otherwise stated, to include a good covering letter, as this can enable you to personalise your job application and include anything that could be relevant to the post.

Once your CV and letter are ready to be sent off, read, reread and if possible get a second pair of eyes! Mistakes in a CV will not make a good impression to potential employers.

Preparing for the job interview

You may feel nervous going for an interview which is normal. Take some time and prep up some potential and most common interview questions. Once you feel prepared try a bit of role-play and ask a friend to interview you and ask for some constructive feedback.

Research the Company, look at their website(s) and social media pages. Perhaps you know someone who already works there that can offer you a bit of insight. Remember to dress smartly and appropriately for the role you are applying for.

Have a clear idea of where you are going. Make sure you have change if you need to pay for parking. If going by public transport, double check the times and check for engineering works. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to get yourself composed ready for interview. On arrival greet everyone with a smile, make a good impression and feel positive!

If you are unsuccessful, you may find it helpful to ask for feedback so you know why you weren’t chosen.