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Looking for that perfect career?

Take your job search to the next level with our expert tips and career advice. We guide students and professionals to make the right choice.

Whether you're a student, have recently graduated or are employed and considering moving on, looking for a job can take time - so focus on these essential steps to landing a suitable role

1. Start your job search

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2. Tailor your CV

Once you've found the role you'd like to apply for, prove you're the best candidate for the job by tailoring your CV to the role.

Be sure to include examples from your past experience that match the skills and experience listed in the job description. By doing so, you'll stand out from the crowd of candidates submitting generic applications. Consider the top skills employers are looking for.

You may also be asked to provide a cover letter, which acts as a more personal introduction. Go the extra mile by discussing why you want to work for the company - evidence of research and passion will go a long way.

3. Prepare for the interview

Receiving an invitation to interview may at first sound daunting, but taking the time to prepare beforehand will help you speak clearly and confidently, and leave the interviewer with a great first impression.

You can prepare in a number of ways. It's important to research the company and its achievements, as well as current affairs within the wider sector, but you could also plan answers to typical interview questions, and think about the questions you'd like to ask the employer.

Don't feel disheartened if you're turned down for a position, either at the initial application stage or after an interview. You'll likely be competing against a large volume of applicants. Get in touch with the interviewer or company for feedback to find out how you can improve for future interviews.

How do I fine-tune my application?

Refining your writing style will improve the quality of your application. Employers are looking for confident applicants who can convince them of their capabilities - demonstrate your suitability by giving short, to the point and positive answers.

You should also:

  • use power verbs such as transformed, delivered, achieved and inspired

  • choose descriptive words like effective, consistent, determined and adaptable

  • focus on answering the questions and avoid waffling or being too vague

  • select appropriate examples of your achievements from past experience

  • demonstrate enthusiasm for the role

  • ensure your spelling and grammar is correct.

Ask somebody else, such as a careers adviser, parent or friend, to read through your application form. A second pair of eyes will help pick out errors that you may not have spotted.