Are you welcoming in the New Year in an unwelcome job? Our Washington Senior Recruitment Consultant Rebecca Ruffell has some words of advice to find the best role that suits you.
When it comes to your career, it’s really important that your everyday role challenges you. The longer we spend in the same role, it’s often quite usual to find that we have stagnated, or we are no longer developing ourselves professionally.
If this sounds familiar, then maybe it’s time to dig out your CV and freshen it up, ready to start looking at a role that will challenge you.
Capture interest in your CV
Your CV is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you and it’s important to make it a positive one. If you’ve been in your current role for many years, it’s always a good idea to highlight the projects you’ve worked on. Detail any responsibilities you’ve been given and emphasise prestigious work that you’ve undertaken to demonstrate specific successes. Really use your CV to explain to potential employers what skills you can offer and how you hope to develop your career further. Whilst it’s important to list all of your employment in chronological order – most recent first – the information should deplete the further back you go. Don’t remove it entirely, as it’s still important to see how your career started and how you have ultimately reached the position you are in, but put the focus on highlighting your most recent projects.
Don’t forget the industry lingo
Remember to include which qualifications, industry accreditations and memberships you hold, as these will help demonstrate your expertise and skills. It is also worth including any specific training you may have received. For example this could have been a leadership course or on a particular software. If any of the training experience you have received has an expiration date, which is common in the construction industry, ensure you put this on your CV so potential employers know the training is still valid.
Give yourself some positive PR
Summarise your experience and don’t be afraid to sell yourself. A good summary should include how your career has developed, promotions you have received, sectors you have worked within, project values you have worked on and any leadership roles you may have undertaken. Employers are also increasingly keen to know what other characteristics you will bring to their business, list three or four adjectives that you feel describe you. It’s important that a summary doesn’t appear to be a stock response, it should be tailored to your experience and personality but also be accurate.
Set yourself up for job hunting
Once you’ve finalised your CV and sent it to your preferred technical recruitment agencies, make sure you’ve signed up to receive job alerts to hear about the latest vacancies as soon as they go live. Whether you’re looking for contract or permanent work, you’ll be able to monitor roles based on keywords that match your job search.
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