Here are some tips to help get you started:
- Choose a simple CV template that is easy to follow (download our template on: www.trackingtalent.co.za). Please ensure to include dates, qualifications and contactable numbers.
- Use job portals that are specific to your career; look what agencies are advertising and reach out either by applying or emailing your CV and following up with a polite call.
- Be clear on the type of role and location of the role you are looking for before speaking to recruiters or applying for roles. That way you can’t be pushed into a role you’re not actually interested in.
- Understand your own reasons for looking, moving just for money often ends in counter offers. Have you tried to resolve the issue with your current employer? This helps recruiters understand your motivation for moving and helps us match your CV better to the right client.
- Have a job search strategy and do your homework; what companies would you be interested in, what locations can you commute to, are there companies you don’t want to work for? The more information you can give us the recruiters the more we can assist you in your search.
- Find reputable agencies in your industry, look at their LinkedIn profiles, what jobs they have advertised, have they got any reviews from clients or candidates.
- Choose a couple of trusted recruiters with your CV and be specific about where your CV goes. Don’t allow agencies to use your CV as a carrot to bring on new clients. Ask for job specs and ensure you have given them permission to send out your CV in writing. By doing these things you keep control of your search and your CV should only land on one company desk once!
- Prepare for interviews; your recruiter should help you with the preparation. You have to out the time in, but agencies should be giving you some guidance.
- Be patient – companies and agencies receive hundreds of CV’s every day. If you have built a good rapport with your agency, they will come back to you. I suggest agreeing touch points in the process, so you know when to expect to hear back and when it is appropriate to chase.
- Know your worth and the market; if you feel you are underpaid you need to be sure. Often candidates have unrealistic expectations when it comes to uplifts in salaries. Keep in mind most agencies are paid a % of what you earn in a year, so it is in our best interest to get you a market related salary. If we are telling you that your expectations are too high, we are most likely right!
- Do not apply to multiple roles at the same company; I know you just want to get a job. However, clients want candidates that have thought about their career and if you are applying for everything from client service to the Head of Finance, it clearly shows you do not know your own strengths and weaknesses or have not taken the time to read a spec and ensure you meet the requirements. Refer to the strategic approach you set and the type of role you are looking for!
- Before people contact your references, get in touch and let them know you are looking and give them a heads up they may get a few calls.
- Don’t give up, the right role is out there for you!
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