Tailoring cover letters and CV’s for each job application can be time consuming
Can you pass the baton when you’re job hunting. While there’s no all in one app or website that is guaranteed to get you the job you want, there are a some interesting ways that you can outsource your job search and avoid the lesser productive job searching avenues. Job hunting is time-consuming, so any shortcuts you can make to the more mechanical aspects will free your time up for research and interview preparation.
Here are some ways you can outsource or automate:
1) Work with recruitment consultants
Recruiters have first hand knowledge of the needs of employers, the culture and application process? A recruitment consultant who has developed a relationship with a employer can give you insider knowledge and application advice – or even suggestions of other organisations where your skills would be welcome. Research the recruiters that specialise in the industry you’re aiming for, and build a relationship with them. Be honest and upfront, as often there time valuable to you in your career search. Suss out the recruiters that over promise, and deliver little job opportunities your way. Make sure you use recruitment consultants that have the specialist knowledge in the industry. Don’t always take their advice as they work in their own interest in getting you placed with one of their employer clients rather than an organisation that best suits your career goals.
2) Set up Google alerts
Why not allow the worlds number 1 search do a lot of the job searching for you? You can create Google alerts by typing the sort of job or vacancy you want into the search query box. An email alert will be sent to you as soon at the job vacancy is advertised online. The frequency in which you receive is completely your choice. You can easily edit and delete alerts depending on your job searching situation. Monster, Reed, and JobCentrePlus all have alert systems. Find the websites that have the jobs most suited to your next career move and sign up.
3) Build a master CV / Resume template
While there is an increased demand from recruiters for industry and job specific tailored CVs, it would be a complete waste of your time to continually re-write your CV for each job. Rather, create a master CV template which contains everything that demonstrates value that you could add to an employer.
A master CV will save you time and effort, which you can then spend on writing persuasive cover letters that gently introduce the reader to you CV. The CV should contain: all the jobs (paid or otherwise) that you have done; all the skills you have developed (along with examples of how you’ve used them well); all your qualifications and career highlights. Then go into greater detail. For each role, make a note of your responsibilities. What or who did you manage? What were your successes, and can you quantify these? What sort of impact did you have on the organisation as a whole? Note promotions and occasions when you went beyond the scope of the role. You might also want to include some quotes from performance reviews as evidence of how other people perceive you. When you come to apply for a role – especially one which is different from your current one – you can now select only the most relevant and interesting details that match the specific requirements (don’t send the master CV itself).
4) Job Application Tracking
Keep on top of your job search activities. A tried and tested Job Application Tracker is in included in my How To Get That Job ebook. Your job searching will reveal so many components, from e-recruitment portals, to cover letters and CV’s, from Word based application forms to soft and hard leads. Get organised in order to maximize your job application efficiency. You can you create spreadsheets in Excel or Google Docs. Set yourself tasks so you can easily monitor your job application progress. In the early days of job searching it will be worthwhile to keep the methods varied. For example LinkedIn Application , cover letter and CV emailing, meetings and telephone calls with recruiters. You’ll soon discover the which methods are most fruitful, i.e. secure you formal job interviews.
Much of your job search is best not outsourced, instead driven by you, the director of your career. Only you can really decide what job type or employer matches best to your career ambition. Focus on the responsibilities and skills developed in previous positions that the employer and industry are in need of. The success of the Job Interview will also come down to your preparation, performance on the day, and whether the team you’ll be entering is suited to your personality type.
Check our Blog for other useful career enhancing articles, including; – Effective Cover Letter Template – Job Search Planning with Mind Maps – Outsourcing you job search – Job Search Planning with MindMaps – How to Build an Amazing LinkedIn Profile – Powerful LinkedIn Profile Checklist – How to do well in a Group Presentation – Resume Cover Letters that sell