It can be difficult to know where to start when you’re looking for a job for the first time, if you’ve taken a bit of a career break or if you’re looking for a complete change. If you’re in that position, Sarah has some tips to help you get on the road to your first or next dream role!
Sarah says “Looking for your first job can be really daunting. Whether you’ve recently left education and you’re looking for your first step on the career ladder. Maybe you’ve had a break from work and you’re looking to get back in to your career. Or maybe you’ve been doing something else and this is something of a career change and you’ve decided that your future career lies within an office environment?”
“If this is you, there are three things that I think you should be looking at initially.”
“First things first – get your CV together. There are loads of templates online that you can find. Use one that suits your personality and make sure you produce a CV that gives a really good summary of what you’ve done so far, the skills that you have, together with your hobbies and interests.”
“The next thing I think you should do is take a look at social media. Look at LinkedIn and if you don’t already have an account, it’s something that you need to set up. Make sure that your profile echoes everything on your CV. If you already have an account, make sure it’s up to date and make sure you have a professional photo on their too.”
“You might also want to consider other social media channels that you have too and just tidy them up. Not everybody will take a look but you might be surprised how many future employers have a glance at your Facebook, your Instagram or your Twitter feed. If you don’t want them to see what’s there – lock it down.”
“My final tip becomes important once you start sending your CV out as interviews should start coming through. Begin to have a think about how you’re going to tackle the process – for example, what are you going to wear? Having an interview outfit ready to go helps. Have a think about some of the standard questions and run through the things you have on your CV and therefore what you might be asked. It’s a great idea to practice answers to things that you may be asked.”