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bullet PLANNING YOUR JOB SEARCH

Planning is an essential part of every job search, more so these days where job security is not as guaranteed as it used to be. Candidates should think about what is really important and especially not leave a job without having one to go to.

The planning process is an essential factor of any successful job search - a little effort up front can save a good deal of time and help to avoid significant inconvenience. Be sure to cover all the angles and explore every avenue, every opportunity.

Visit the numerous job sites such as:-

Ensure skills and experience generally match the job being considered. There is nothing wrong in aiming higher so it is not critical if there a small mismatch. This can be explained in a covering letter or at interview.

Once a job has been identified it's worth undertaking some research and considering how your skills and experience might be tailored if it is a little to your experience.

Finally, complete the package. Put the whole lot together. The research, covering letter and CV should all reflect what has been identified as the right opportunity.

bullet CHECKLIST PRIOR TO SENDING LETTER OF APPLICATION

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Jas's tips for a good application

  • Have the job advertisement/ specification in front of you when you are preparing your application (letter, CV and support documents).
  • Keep a diary of applications so that you avoid duplication.
  • Keep copies of applications you have made to refresh and update as and when appropriate.
  • If you are applying for a job while still working give consideration to your current employer. For example, in the letter of application you can mention that you would prefer the recruiter is discreet i.e. Not to approach your current employer for a reference until you are ready.

Can you answer the following?

  • Why should you be the chosen one against all other candidates?
  • Does your experience and qualifications really make you suitable?
  • Have you explained any particular gaps in your CV such as travel abroad, sickness?
  • Does your work history describe growing responsibility?
  • Does the letter come across as fully representing who you are and what you do?