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November 2020

Applying for a new role? Top tips for getting noticed. 

Things certainly have changed since March this year, job hunting has not been spared!

The market is now more employer-driven which means employers can afford to be more selective when interviewing candidates as there is a much larger talent pool available to them.

So with this increased competition, how do you put yourself in the driving seat and get yourself noticed? 

There are a number of things that you can do, the following tips will definitely help…..

Nail that LinkedIn profile:

Your LinkedIn profile is vitally important, make sure it is up to date. LinkedIn is an excellent place to research companies and recruiters that you like. You can connect with other professionals and join discussions that are of interest to you. I cannot stress how important a good LinkedIn profile is, see our blog on “creating a killer LinkedIn profile” for excellent tips.

Generic cover letter, no thanks!:

If you are sending a cover letter with your CV, make sure it is relevant to the role in question. If you are applying for a “Technical Support role” role then your cover letter should start by stating you are interested in that role and not “I would like to apply for your “IT Sales Analyst” role. This is an easy mistake to make when you are applying for multiple roles so make sure you get it right as you might not get a second chance.

What is your USP:

We are all different so don’t be afraid to show off some of your interests and passions, things that mean something to you, and make you who you are. Maybe you like doing charity work or blogging is more your thing. Whatever it is, let the interviewer know that you have more to offer.

What do you want:

What type of company would you like to work for? What role would really interest you? 

These are important questions to ask yourself as they can really help you to target your job search. So instead of applying for lots of jobs, try to focus on the roles and companies that really interest you, companies like candidates who have carried out research and are genuinely passionate about working with them.

Use a Recruitment Agency:

I would say this! Using a Recruitment Agency is always a good move. Experienced Recruiters will give you numerous job opportunities to consider and will help you with all aspects of the recruitment process, LinkedIn Profile/CV advice, company insights, etc  This type of information can be invaluable in a job search.

If you would like any more advice on the Irish job market, please see www.enterprisepeople.ie or contact me at patrick@enterprisepeople.ie

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