Top 5 tips to improve your job hunt and land your new job this summer

Ian Murphy 10.08.2018

Once the summer holidays start rolling by, many people begin to think about their next job. 

With the anticipated rush of new roles coming in the next few weeks and months, especially in September, it is important to make sure you are properly set up to take advantage of this.For some it may been a few years since they last moved so it can be daunting. 

With that in mind, I have complied a Top 5 list of simple tips to improve your job hunt this summer.  

Make sure you know what you want: 
A key first step in any new job hunt is to decide why you are looking. 
Compile of list of what is most important for you: Location, Job Title, Responsibilities, Salary etc. This list will help guide your decision on what role you apply to and what is critical to you.  Most candidates I meet with have a rough idea of what their key motivators are, but they also know the priority of these factors. Job vs Salary, Salary vs Location etc. 

Exhaust all internal options: 
This is often overlooked by people when they start their job hunt. It is often easier to move internally then make the move out of the company. Have discussions with your manager about your development within the role and what opportunities exist within the company. Having an open conversation can reveal new opportunities that you may not have seen within your company, or it can also help resolve your decision to move on. 

Update your CV: 
Some people will overlook the importance of their CV. Remember that your CV is your handshake, it’s the first impression any company has and first impressions count. It is vital therefore that you give as much attention to CV Preparation as you do to how well you dress for an interview. Here is an article I wrote about the Do's & Do Not's of CV preparation.

Meet with a consultant to discuss your experience: 
Here in Morgan McKinley we have specialist recruiters who understand what your next hiring manager will ask and what to expect in an interview. Supply chain continues to evolve and so do supply chain interviews. Supply chain interviews have become more focused on cost saving, metrics, achievements and relationship management. Here is an article I write about Top Interview Tips for Supply Chain Professionals.
 
Stay focused on what you want: 
Revisit the list you did in Tip #1. Some people over time lose this focus and can become disillusioned, applying for roles that don’t suit them or roles that are not at their level of experience, with the result being disappointment after not being brought forward for an interview. Here is an article I wrote about How to avoid becoming a Job Zombie.

Here in Morgan McKinley we have extensive knowledge and expertise to help with all of this preparation. As your Career Ally we are committed to helping you throughout the entire process and this includes preparation. In advance of your next career move, or your next interview, contact me or the Supply Chain Team or any of our experienced specialist recruitment consultants for advice around each step to help you maximise your chances of securing that dream job!
 

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Senior Consultant | Supply Chain & Procurement Recruitment
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