Job advice for January

January is a great time of year to find a new job. As people contemplate their goals and career options in the run up to the new year, many will hand in their notices and subsequently create opportunities for others to fill the gap they leave behind. This may not sound like a desirable opportunity but just because someone is leaving their job, it doesn’t mean it won’t be right for someone else. There is also the effect of projects ramping up before the end of the financial year in March so demands for resource often increase at this time of year. So, if you’re thinking of finding a new job, there’s no time like the present.

To help you in your new job search, our specialist recruitment consultants have some advice on how to create a standout CV.

Making your CV stand out

“Keep it punchy – only include skills which are relevant to the roles you are applying for, rather than listing every skill you have ever had or used.”

Rob Kelly, Department Manager – Water & Environment

“If you’re a contractor, put your most recent job at the beginning of your CV and then go on to include your most recent and relevant experiences – there’s no point putting your work experience from 1970 at the top of your CV!”

Joe Wilson, Department Manager – Highways, Traffic & Planning

“Make it clear what you achieved in each role. It’s fine to show you can work effectively as part of a team but recruiters are mostly interested in what you specifically contributed to the job.”

Les Hewlett, Automotive Divisional Head

“Keep your CV to 2 or 3 pages and make it relevant to each job you apply for. A short, personal profile at the start of your CV will give the potential employer a good feel for who you are and what you want, prior to reading about your recent experience.”

Tim Carling, Divisional Manager – Engineering Technology

What does a successful job hunting approach look like?

“A focused job hunt is the key to success in the job hunting game– the ‘spray and pray’ approach leads to disengaged recruitment agents and employers. Be clear and honest with your current position and focus your energy on a small number of realistic opportunities.”

Tim Carling, Divisional Manager – Engineering Technology

“Pick a recruitment agent who can get to know your selling points and keep you informed of exclusive opportunities.”

Les Hewlett, Automotive Divisional Head

You can find more advice on our career advice pages. If you’re ready to start looking for your next role, register on our website so you can quickly and easily browse and apply for jobs. You can also set up job alerts so you can be one of the first to apply for your dream job.

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