3 Top Tips on how to Chase Your Next Role in 2014

The UK is starting to enjoy a period of economic growth and increased hiring sentiment. But just because things are starting to brighten up, this doesn’t mean that those looking for jobs should lessen their efforts when it comes to securing work.

At present, applying for a job has never been easier. Many roles require you to upload your covering letter and CV and simply hit ‘apply’ and wait. However, this is not the most pro-active way to go about landing that dream role you've seen and there are a number of things that you can do to improve your chances.

Liz Ryan, workplace and networking expert and columnist at BusinessWeek.com, told about.com: “You have to follow up. Polite email messages that reinforce your strong interest in the job. Not-too-frequent phone calls to check on the status of your resume. Every single day, I hear from people who got jobs because they stayed on the case.”

Reach out

Before you submit your application, reach out to the recruiter or company that is advertising the role. If there is a phone number available you should try to call whoever is in charge of the recruitment process and inquire further about the role.

You can use the call as a fact finding mission which will help you shape your covering letter around the role. The information you get may also help you optimise your CV before you submit it. For example, make some of your skills more prominent than others in relation to the job you’re going for.

At the very least, you may put yourself in a position where the person in charge of the hiring project considers you first if another suitable role comes up in the future.

Follow up

Once the initial task of sending off the CV is done, many people simply leave it at that and wait. However, you should always follow up with the recruiter or company in order to see what stage of the application process yours is at.

Of course, you shouldn’t call them a few hours after clicking send - they may not have even had the chance to review your application yet. But if its been between three to five business days there is no harm in following up with a quick call.

When you get in touch, you should state your name and the role that you have applied for to avoid any confusion. It may be the case that they haven’t read yours yet, but don’t worry, this call may be the catalyst that triggers them to read yours next.

The key to this type of contact is enthusiasm; if you sound eager to know more about the role, chances are you could stand out from the pile of faceless applications that the company may have received.

It’s important not to feel foolish when inquiring about a role you have applied for. You should take any opportunity you get to make yourself stand out from the other potential candidates, especially if it’s a job you believe you will excel at.

If you’re really not getting anywhere with your follow up calls and emails then it’s wise to move on. As a general rule you should not contact those recruiting more than three times without them contacting you. It’s good to appear keen and enthusiastic, but you don’t want to make it look like you are pestering the employer as this could have an adverse effect on your application.

Don’t take it personally

As we mentioned earlier, the internet has made the job application process much easier and as a result of this agencies and employers can be inundated with copious amounts of applications for a position they have advertised.

This makes it very difficult for each applicant to be contacted if they are unsuccessful. Most organisations state that if after a period of 14 days you have not heard anything back then you have not been successful with your application.

It’s important not to be disheartened by this and not to let it affect your search for a job.

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