Looking for your next contract is a regular yet crucial part of the contractor lifestyle. But where do you even start when it comes to looking for a job? Do you create your CV first or wait until you’ve seen a role that appeals to you before making preparations? It can be tricky to determine what the best course of action is, so we asked our team of expert recruiters what their advice would be for eager jobseekers.
Allow your CV to let your skills shine
“To me, one of the biggest signs that a candidate is genuinely interested in a role is a CV that has been clearly tailored towards the job being advertised. Many candidates use a ‘one CV for all’ type of approach which can often lower their chances of getting through to an interview. A well-structured CV that clearly demonstrates how the candidate can apply their skills to the role in a relevant manner always stands a much better chance of helping them find success.
My advice would be to do some research, find out what kind of positions would interest you and from there take a look at your previous experience and see how this could help you perform in a new role. A large part of securing a job is being able to sell yourself, so pick out your strengths and think about how you’re going to be able to show these off to potential employers.”
Make job searching easier on yourself
“There’s no doubt that job searching can be a tedious process. After all, some of the largest job board have tens of thousands of vacancies you could spend time sifting through. Thankfully, there are a lot of tools and utilities which you can use nowadays to make the whole process much easier.
At NRL for example, we offer a Job Alerts system where you can tell us what kinds of roles you’re interested in and we’ll send you an email with any relevant jobs we’ve added to our website so you can apply directly. We also have a Jobs of the Week page where you can see a selection of some of our top highlighted opportunities.
It’s also a good idea to ring your dedicated recruiter for a quick chat. Getting to know even just a little bit about current circumstances can help us pin down roles you may be interested in, and from there we can give you the support you need to make sure you have a great experience before and after you’ve found a new position.
Taking advantage of services like these can make your search more bearable and gives you more time to focus on other aspects of your career.”
Be honest about your skills
“The employer is bound to quiz you at some point about skills you don’t have. From my experience, it’s usually best for a candidate to be honest from the start about their capabilities. Not being as proficient as you would like in a certain area is nothing to be ashamed about – in fact, employers will appreciate your honesty and could even offer support to help you develop the skills you’re not too confident in.
Talking about your skillset with a recruiter can also go a long way towards improving yourself personally. The more information you give us, the more we can support you in your job search, so my recommendation would be to make a quick phone call to discuss your options.”
Do your research ahead of the interview
“Making a great impression at your interview is one of the biggest factors in landing a job. It’s also the toughest part to get right. Preparation goes a long way in helping you deal with the questions you’ll be faced with, so make sure you study up on the company you’re applying to work for and come up with a plan of action on how you’re going to sell yourself to them.
There are a lot of things you can do to prepare, like improving your personal brand or thinking of how you’ll respond to the harder questions employers tend to ask. If you’re passionate about the role you’re applying for and genuinely want to be given the opportunity, you’ll find it a lot easier to convince the client that you’re the right person for the task.”
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