A friend of mine was made redundant last week unexpectedly and came to me for some advice on finding a new role. We had a chat and I reviewed her CV – it was an excellent CV that really didn’t need a great deal of work but I advised her to be prepared to make adjustments depending on the nature of the particular role she was applying for. Her background is in sales, account management and marketing and she is willing to consider good career opportunities in all three areas, but each one demands slightly different skills, so each time she applied for a role she wanted to make it clear that she had the skills they were looking for.
- Being proactive. Her CV is visible on multiple websites and she has registered with several well-chosen agencies that suit her location and the kind of role she is looking for. She has made her job search a 9-5 job in itself.
- Being flexible. She has used her new-found freedom to make herself available for interviews at short notice, rather than missing the boat.
- Being professional. She has included a brief, polite cover letter for each application outlining what makes her a good candidate for the role.
- Being reasonable. Many candidates are inclined to say ‘I can’t accept less than £xx salary that I was on before’, or even expect a pay rise. But those who are realistic and accept that the most important thing is to find a new job, and will be flexible on salary, will find that being flexible and available immediately is likely to make them a very appealing candidate to employers. And once you have secured the new job, you can prove to your employers why you are worth more.