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Top Tips For Starting Your 2021 Job Search

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​The current jobs market looks quite frightening for candidates looking for their next role. And while employment figures are slightly improving following the dramatic dip earlier this year since the pandemic unfolded, the job search pool can still look intimidating.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) research revealed that the employment rate in the UK rose to 4.8% for the quarter ending September 30 signifying promising changes for the jobs market. With the stats looking promising, those seeking new opportunities should look at ways to kickstart their job search for 2021.

To highlight how, career and recruitment experts shared their insights with Go Banking Rates, including how to update CVs, utilising videos and the importance of getting organised. Below Executive Grapevine has taken an in-depth look into five key tips.

1. Getting organised

Before any job search can commence, it’s critical you get organised. To start with, create a checklist of things that you need to do to prepare. This may include updating your CV, creating a cover letter template, researching the role/industry you are looking to venture into and whether you know any contacts you can reach out to. Alongside each task, set dates when you hope to complete them to keep you on track. This will ensure you are prepared by the time you come to apply for a role.

2. Ready your interview space

Due to the pandemic, the majority of interviews are being conducted over video. While the pros to this mean no travel costs, it also means that potential employers will be able to see your home environment. Therefore, the challenge here is getting your environment correct. To get this right, position your screen in a well-lit area of your home, so the interviewers can see you clearly, plus it’s also crucial you check all your tech is working properly so you don’t come up against any technical issues. Lastly, remember to dress smart. This includes your top and bottom half to be safe.

3. Ignore qualifications

Speaking to Go Banking Rates, Ellen Mullarkey, Vice President of Business Development for Messina Group, shared that while jobseekers shouldn’t apply for every job opening, if a job comes up at a company they want to work for but their skills aren’t quite right, they should still apply. She explained: “Sometimes, applying for jobs that you aren’t qualified for can help you get your foot in the door. Maybe you aren’t a good fit for that position, but you are a good fit for another position that just opened up. Just by applying, you’ll put your name out there and let the hiring manager know who you are.”

4. Create several CVs

When applying for several roles, it’s likely that each job criteria will differ. Due to this it is worth creating several different CVs that reflect the skills you have that the job will require. Janou Pakter, Founder and CEO of Executive Search firm JANOU LLC, echoed this notion. Pakter said: “The different variations of your resume would emphasise the key experiences and traits that specific roles and industries would focus on. You can then use tailor-made base templates depending on the roles you are pursuing.”

5. Using nepotism

The positives of nepotism can be huge when it comes to securing a new job, therefore it is worth asking friends or family to refer you to people they know. Remember that the bigger the network, the more chance you have at landing the job, something that is particularly crucial in today’s competitive market.

Source: Executive Grapevine