What is the best formula for landing that great job?

Is it a strong CV or online profile, an important contact or additional qualification, or is it simply down to the rapport built at an interview?

There’s no simple answer, any one of these elements could open the door to your next career step. Success, however, is more likely to stem from a combination of many factors.

It’s therefore important to maximise all potential prospects throughout your job search. Adopting a wide approach rather than concentrating on one action is advisable. Establishing multiple channels to explore will not only increase your chances of success, it will also help build personal resilience.

Landing your perfect job may not happen immediately, looking for work can, at times, be all absorbing both from a practical and emotional perspective. This guide from InterviewFit provides tips and advice on being job search and interview ready

Follow these steps and give yourself an important advantage in a competitive job market.

1. Build an online profile

Have you ever googled yourself?

If not, it might be revealing to do so. Prospective employers now carry out pre-employment checks; so if there were anything within your social media accounts that you wouldn’t want a potential boss to see, remove it.

Keep personal social media accounts private and concentrate on building your professional brand online. If you haven’t got a LinkedIn profile this needs to be your priority; most recruiters will carry out online research to source potential candidates.

2. Polish your CV

It may be traditional, but a CV is still a key personal marketing document in a job search. “What can this person do for us?” is the one question that all employers have in mind when reviewing an application. A CV is the perfect place to convey your strong match for a particular position.

Focus on highlighting what you have contributed and achieved in your previous roles rather than detailing tasks and responsibilities. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see evidence of your capability and future potential, rather than read a list of duties.

3. Create a strategy

Map out your job search strategy; create a list of categories to pursue, which include:

  • Companies – think about which ones you wish to target
  • Recruitment firms – identify ones who operate in your sector and at the right level
  • Advertisements – locate where adverts that closely match your goal are posted
  • Profile raising – look for opportunities to be noticed by recruiters and companies
  • Networking – explore networking events, utilise contacts and extend connections
  • Build Knowledge – join associations, subscribe to trade press and keep informed
4. Keep busy

Keeping busy is important for motivation and well-being whilst job hunting. Freelancing or temping provides an obvious financial benefit, as well as additional, potentially valuable experience.

Most early career jobs require broad skills sets, especially within small or start-up companies. Having some time away from full-time work can be the perfect opportunity to undertake further study or courses.

5. Stay motivated

Feeling positive is an influential factor in the outcome of a recruitment process. Making the next career step is exciting, but can bring some feelings of anxiety to even the most composed candidate.

Sleep, nutrition and exercise are three elements that not only reduce stress, but also help you look your best and feel confident.

6. Prepare for interviews

Interview winning preparation extends beyond just a Google map search and reading through a job description. Thorough role and company research underpins all other preparation; it will assist you in highlighting the right skills and achievements that will demonstrate the significant contribution you can make.

Plan answers to common interview questions and rehearse them with a trusted colleague, friend or family member. Finally always send a post interview thank you note; only one in five candidates do – make sure that you are one of them!

Written By
Jenny Hargrave is the founder of InterviewFit, a full interview preparation service that encompasses everything from bespoke CV writing to creating client specific career strategies. Her previous experience includes establishing a boutique executive search firm. She has a particular interest in future professions.

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