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SARAH'S JOB
HUNTING TIPS

WITH MORE THAN 30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE, FROM
WASHING DISHES IN A RESTAURANT TO RUNNING
MULTI-MILLION POUND COMPANIES, OUR GUEST EDITOR
GIVES HER ADVICE ON HOW TO GET THAT JOB YOU WANT

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The CV is still really important when it
comes to looking for a job and even the
coolest start-up or quirkiest business will
want to see one. Write it, edit it, edit it
again and let other people see it to offer
constructive criticism. Tailoring it to
each job you apply for is also a great
thing to do. Focus on the skills,
experience and qualifications you have
that are directly mentioned in any job
advert. If you are posting your CV online,
use keywords or phrases so your profile
comes up in searches. It is also a good
idea to check your privacy settings on
your social media as some companies
conduct checks and you don't always
want that bikini picture to be the first
thing an employer sees (or maybe you
do!) Every time you send your CV off for
a job interview it should be different. No
job is the same so no application should
be either. Use key words from the advert
and answer their questions. You'll have
WAY more success if you do this.

The old saying of 'it's not what you know,
it's who you know' is still relevant when it
comes to finding a job. Speaking to
family, friends, businesses, Facebook
groups, connecting with people on
LinkedIn and joining professional
societies are brilliant ways of meeting
new people. You never know, that
connection you made six months ago
at a party could bag you your next job.
For a lot of people, the idea of attending
a networking event is terrifying (it is for
me) but careers events and job fairs can
be a way of meeting new employers in a
safe environment. It's also an opportunity
to meet other job seekers and sharing
experiences can be a valuable process as
you look for your next career move. Speak
to everyone and anyone, and you never
know whose path you will cross. What
helped me was not looking at it as
'networking' but seeing it as a chance to
learn from them, ask questions and to
build relationships with people I like.

Lots of the adverts you find online are
out of date so don't waste time trawling
through pages of search results - go
direct. Seek out the companies you want
to work for and contact them with a CV
and awesome covering letter or email.
Tell them why you want to work for them
and in what role. That's the way I've got
every job I've ever looked for.
You just never know, they may be about
to advertise but your knock-out skills
will have blown them away already.
Don't be disheartened if you don't get
through the door, keep an eye on their
website and Twitter feed and as soon as
there is an opening, speak to them again.
The fact that you actively sought
employment from them and are
genuinely interested in their company
can only work in your favour.
It's the kind of thing that fellow
employers and bosses tell me is
something they really appreciate in
candidates - hunger to nail that job.

3 8 /// J O B S & C A R E E R S

USE YOUR CONTACTS

TAKE THE INITIATIVE

Words: Sarah Willingham. Image: Will Ireland

HONE YOUR PROFILE



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