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Take Control of Your Job Search

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Working in recruitment has revealed some interesting trends from jobseekers. One of the biggest trends that I have come across is the lack of control taken by jobseekers over their recruitment process. On numerous occasions candidates have admitted to me that they are not too sure where their CV has been. Sometimes they can recall applying for a job in a particular company, but they were not sure what the job title was, who the contact was and what the process was for gaining feedback. This is a reactionary approach to recruitment.

If you want to succeed in getting the job you want you must first plan the process. Become proactive. It is your process; you must take control of it.

The candidate needs to research the industry s/he is looking to work in. Too often candidates send their CV in for roles that they don’t know a lot about in the hopes that they will catch a break.

What happens if your CV has been sent to numerous jobs, agencies and companies and you receive a call from a prospective employer wanting to talk to you about your application? You don’t recognise their name, you can remember sending your CV to the company, but are not sure what the job was. This is your chance to impress and you come across disinterested and unaware.

Plan the process. Decide on the job you want. Keep note of everywhere your CV has been, who the contact was, what the role was and when you’re CV was sent in. Follow up on your application. Don’t just send your application in to a company or agency and wait for a reply. Call them enquiring about the status of your application.

If you plan the process you give yourself more chance of success. Know what you are about, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are. If you don’t like finance, don’t like sitting in front of a computer all day and are not numerical, then don’t apply for a role as a fund accountant!!!!!

Plan your career around you strengths.

Posted by Ruth Tobin on 27 November 2017

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