Gone are the days of searching through a newspaper to find a relevant ad, walking into recruitment agencies and job centres or sending your CV and cover letter via post. So, what does all of this mean? You can apply for multiple jobs, in minimal time, from the comfort of your own home!
However, there are implications – I would definitely not advise a ‘spray and pray’ method. Applying for 15 different roles in the space of 30 minutes is pretty impressive, but it can actually do more harm than good. Your CV ends up being duplicated and your name will slowly start to be recognised amongst recruiters and even hiring managers (if you apply for multiple internal roles at once).
In the long term, this could come across as desperate and that you lack knowledge and confidence in your skills. So, try to avoid this at all costs and follow some of my tips listed below:
- Tailor your CV to fit the job description – use the phrases that they use, emphasise key skills and experience that matches what the company is looking for
- Use a cover letter to showcase your experience – there are many debates surrounding cover letters, however, it can be a great way of expanding on certain relevant bullet points that are in your CV
- Get on LinkedIn! – start networking, connecting and posting. Build a brand for yourself, get to know who the decision makers are and keep up to date with what is working/who is desirable in the job market and what should be avoided. It can also be a great place to communicate with other job seekers
Job searching can be frustrating, draining and disheartening at times, but it’s important to take time to recuperate, use your time effectively and stay positive!
For more tips, advice and guidance on your job search – feel free to contact one of us at MARS on 01993 220 590.