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6 Tips to Help You Land Your Next Role
6 Tips to Help You Land Your Next Role
After searching through several roles online, you think you’ve finally found a job that looks like an excellent fit for you. Making the next big leap can be an exciting, stressful, or challenging time depending on where you are in your career lifecycle.
To make things a little easier – we’ve compiled a list of our best tips to help you land your next role.
1. Read the position description and success profile.
When job hunting, position descriptions help candidates decide if an advertised role is a good fit for their skills, experience, and career goals. This is where you will find the expected tasks, duties, and responsibilities.
Of equal importance, a job Success Profile contains clearly defined short and long-term goals of the role, including key performance goals and how success will be measured. It’s a great way for candidates to check if their skills and competencies fit a certain company or role well.
When reviewing an advertised position, making an educated decision on whether to invest time in an application by reviewing both the success profile and position description enables candidates to create a well-rounded application.
Bear in mind: if you make it to the interview stage, being able to recall key details of the job description, as well as key performance drivers, will show that you are serious about a position. It shows potential employers that you have taken the time to research the expectations of the role. Being prepared can make or break landing your next role.
2. Research the company
Researching helps you decide whether to invest your time in pursuing a role. In addition, candidates can learn more about the company, including its values and culture, to see if it’s the right fit for them.
There are several key areas candidates should research:
- The prospective employer’s culture, mission and values – especially to determine if their values align with yours.
- Awards, news, and achievements – knowing about and mentioning key performance areas will show potential employers that you made an effort.
- What do past and present employees say about their time with the company? Did they, or do they enjoy their time there? Have they had any bad experiences, or are they still enjoying their time with the company?
- Company messaging – you need to know how the company positions itself in the market to determine whether you see yourself within this frame of reference. A great way to discover current messaging is by using social media.
Research counts, so consult multiple sources to get the information that you need.
3. Tailor your resume and cover letter for each role
It’s important that candidates keep their resumes up to date so that prospective employers can see the complete picture when it comes to experience, qualifications, or accolades. Spend time polishing and tailoring your resume to the specific role you’re applying for.
Likewise, a cover letter can be an equally important document because it shows why you would be a good fit for a role – at a glance. You can make your cover letter stand out by:
- Highlighting why you are applying for the role and
- Explaining why you would be a natural fit
This is especially important if you are switching between industries – your cover letter should clearly explain your decision and highlight core transferrable skills.
Bear in mind: a great cover letter could inspire a potential hiring manager to open your resume to read more. On the other hand, a generic cover letter not targeted to the specific role may cause your entire application to be overlooked.
4. Sign up for job alerts and create a candidate profile
Receiving job alerts when a new role becomes available can make all the difference when it comes to your job hunt:
- Receiving the latest job openings as soon as they become available and being one of the first candidates to apply for any given role, may give you an advantage.
- Alerts can be set up based on the types of roles you’re looking for.
- You’ll save time by removing the need to browse job boards.
Tip: When applying for a job via our website, select ‘send me similar jobs’ underneath the apply now button, that way we can recommend suitable roles as soon as they become available
5. Reach out to the recruiter or hiring contact directly
Recruiters can be incredible sources of information and support during your job search. They have connections and are often contacted by employers before jobs get advertised, and with your resume at hand, they can easily recommend your candidate profile to potential employers on your behalf.
Recruiters should want to see their clients succeed – and will put in the effort to make it happen. This is why it is of the utmost importance to always be truthful and upfront when working with a recruiter. Do not provide false information, and do not be afraid to be honest about past job hiccups, such as being laid off or even fired. Remember, the last thing you want is a recruiter putting your name forward for a position to find out later that you omitted some details they weren’t aware of.
Our approach to recruitment methods allows us to give our clients and business professionals exceptional advice and services to help them quickly adapt, develop, and stay ahead in their job search journey.
We Connect People and Purpose and strive to constantly help organisations meet the dynamic needs of an ever-changing workforce.
6. Consider Coaching and Mentoring
Professional coaching and mentoring can help empower leaders and executives to expand on the skills and behaviours they need to boost their on-the-job effectiveness and in turn, to experience a more fulfilled career.
A mentoring relationship is where an experienced mentor’s role is to impart knowledge or skills to an individual looking to build on their career. On the other hand, a coaching relationship is an opportunity for leaders to develop through an ongoing collaboration with their Coach, to enhance and unleash potential for sustained personal and professional development.
At OnTalent, our Australia-based Coaching and Mentoring team support leaders and executives at all stages of their career to assist them in defining their path for success, and understanding and developing their leadership potential.
More information on these programmes can be found here.
7. Bonus Tip – Refer a Friend for a Role
While this tip may not help you directly land your next role – you might help a friend or colleague discover the perfect new opportunity for them. Simply select the ‘refer a friend’ option on the advertised position, and we’ll notify them about the role!
Starting a new role is an exciting opportunity for growth and development—a time to acquire new skills, form fresh connections,
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