Many people set getting a new job as one of their New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re ready to take the next step in your PR career, here are some job hunting tips:
Before applying for any roles
Update your CV
Create a base CV that highlights your skills and qualifications.
Upload your base CV on job boards and tweak each time you apply for a role
Avoid cliches and jargon and let your personality shine through
Ensure your Personal Profile section at the top of your CV includes key information about who you are, what you can offer the employer and your career goals
Keep it under 2-pages
Update your LinkedIn page so it highlights your experience in the best possible light
Check your social media settings – what is publically visible on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles?
Google your name and see what comes up
Set up a professional email address if you don’t already have one
Record a personalised and professional sounding voicemail message on your mobile phone
If you have a two page CV, add your email address and phone number on the second page too
Think about what you want from a new role and what you don’t want – location, responsibilities, benefits, salary, opportunities
Get friends/family/industry peers (not related to your current job) to check over your CV and give advice
Develop your skills and stay informed with industry news – it’s something great to talk about during interviews and in your cover letter
Top tip: you can get free CV reviews that give you advice on changes that could make your CV even better. You can use their suggestions to update your CV yourself (or pay them to do it if you’d prefer!)
During your job search
Finding a role
Sign up for job alerts and let the job vacancies come to you – we’ve got some great PR roles our Media Jobs site
Tap into your network of contacts, visit events and embrace industry networking opportunities – you never know who you could start speaking to!
Applying for roles
Tailor your CV to every role you apply for
Make it simple for computers and HR employees to quickly scan your CV and cover letter to connect their ‘we need’ list with your ‘I’ve got’ list. Mirror the words and phrases in the job description and show your strengths in areas that are paramount for the role.
Research the company – more than just looking at a company website. Search the company social media channels to find out about the company culture, projects they are working on and what current employees are saying
Have references ready
Keep track of jobs you have applied for and are going to apply for – include dates, the version of your CV and cover letter sent and any correspondence
Top tip: add folders to the bookmarks bar on your internet browser called ‘apply fast’, ‘apply soon’ and ‘applied’ then bookmark roles into the folders. This helps you keep track of the positions you have applied for and prioritise the ones you want to apply for first.