Q: I’m job hunting for the first time in 22 years. When I poked my head out to take a look, I realised the world is a different place now. Can you give me five quick tips? I work in sales. (AC, email).
A: You can sing that, AC. I will keep it simple for you, writes Liam Horan, career coach, Sli Nua Careers.
- Make sure your CV doesn’t just list what you’ve done and where you’ve been – it should herald the skills you have developed and the successes or achievements you’ve had. And it should be concrete, not abstract – focus on the details.
- Think about opening and maintaining a LinkedIn account. A free one will do. Recruiters use LinkedIn, either to find you in the first place or to check you out after you have contacted them.
- Word of mouth is important in job-hunting. Let former college mates, people you’ve worked with, friends and others know you’re on the look-out.
- Meet recruiters.
- Set up job alerts for the major jobs sites and make a list of industry magazines or websites you need to keep an eye on.
There’s my five top tips, but I will give you another one pro bono: getting a job is a job in itself, so give it the time it requires. Try not to become the handy hand available to run errands for the family every day. Protect your time now.