In a job search, the CV is important. That is not the point. But spending too much time writing it, polishing it, adding to it, and sending it in could make you forget about other aspects of the job search. Aspects as important, if not more so, than a good CV. Here are seven.
1. A strategy
Before you start looking for a job, you need a strategy. What is your goal at vous ? What challenges do you want relever ? Are you looking for a job at particulier ? Do you know what you need to do to get that poste ? In short, what is your plan to find the job that you conviendra ? As you develop your strategy, you may need tools to document your efforts, target relevant job postings, or monitor the industry or companies that interest you. The Evernote application, for storing, sorting and classifying your notes, is an ally to consider.
It cannot be repeated often enough: a good network of contacts is worth more than a good CV. A HotJobs survey showed that more than half of job seekers said that networking was a key factor in getting their most recent job. Make a list of the people you know and identify your “door openers”, those who could introduce you to people who know people who know people who know… your next employer. It’s a small world!
3. Social” profiles
A Jobvite Social survey conducted in 2013 in the United States confirms a palpable trend: 89% of companies have used social media for recruitment. Your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles are therefore likely to be consulted by potential employers. All the more reason to pay special attention to it. On LinkedIn, the “Skills and Recommendations” section is particularly useful for a potential employer. So ask for recommendations for skills you have from your contacts. Having 35 people recommending your “project management” skills is a lot more convincing than writing it down in a CV!
4. An informational meeting
One of the little-known ways to get an overview of the position you want to hold (or the job prospects in a sector) is to request an informational meeting with someone in a job similar to the one you are seeking. Most people will accept the invitation and, for the price of a coffee, you’ll come home with crucial information that will help you better prepare your job search and find out what skills are required. You may even get leads on interested employers…
5. Job fairs
At a job fair, a large number of recruiters and job seekers are gathered in one place and want the same thing: to meet each other. Few events make it so easy to meet potential employers and build a network of contacts. Put job fairs at your agenda !
6. A letter of introduction
Before reading your CV, the potential employer will take a look at your cover letter. It’s worth making an effort to avoid generic phrases and make sure to highlight your skills in relation to the specific requirements of the position you are applying for. The key to a winning cover letter is personalization. Don’t give the employer the impression that he or she is reading a photocopy.
7. A successful interview
It would be a shame if all your efforts were wiped out by a failed interview. The idea is to communicate your ambitions clearly and to balance your statements: be enthusiastic without exaggerating, be confident but not overconfident, show transparency without telling your life story in detail. You also have to be prepared to answer the inevitable trick questions without being overly blunt.