One of the priorities for those coming to the UK, as well as for many long-term residents, is finding a good job. Satisfying employment not only helps to eliminate or reduce stress, it also improves the quality of life. For many migrant workers having a good job also allows them to fulfil one of the reasons behind their move to the UK; enabling them to send money back home to help their family members still living in their home country.
Looking for a job can be a somewhat daunting and at times a frustrating experience. One of the most effective tools you have to aid in a job search is a well written CV. Fortunately there are a number of tips and tools that will help in making sure your CV showcases your abilities and experience effectively and precisely
A large percentage of applications are submitted online. Make sure that you take advantage of the methods available to help make your CV stand out in the digital world.
Most employers and recruiters use online application submissions. Many of these companies and recruiters use tracking resumes to sort and scan the CVs as they are submitted. In effect, the first look at an applicant’s skills and talents is performed by a “robot” and not a human being.
Read the job description carefully and make sure that your CV reflects your abilities as they relate to that specific position. For example if applying for a tech job, make sure that all software and hardware skills are included. (Be sure to include both abbreviations and full names of applications and devices with which you have experience.)
Also use action words in your CV such as achieved, installed, organised, managed, or trained.
Be honest but look for ways to show how your skills meet the job description.
Keep Your CV current
Recruiters often keep resumes on file for a considerable length of time. If something changes in your career such as added duties and responsibilities update your CV to reflect those changes. If you have online work profiles on any of the search and placement sites be sure to update those as well.
Make Sure You Can Use Common Recruiting Tools
Many recruiters and employers use online tools for the first round of interviews. These often include interviews via Skype and GoToMeeting or other online messaging and meeting systems. Online questionnaires or electronic documents are often sent as part of a preliminary screening interview. It is not necessary to be an expert at Skype or word processing but make sure you can perform the basics.
Use Online CV Building Tools
There are a number of services available that will develop a CV for a fee. While they perform a useful service, unless your skill set is particularly complex or you have extraordinary circumstances, there are many free online tools to help build your CV. Almost all of the sites include templates for specific types of jobs and offer expert advice.
Here are some of the better sites:
Register with Job Search Sites
A majority of companies, both big and small, list their positions online with job search sites and recruiters. Be sure to register and submit your CV with any that may possibly have positions that suit your skills or feature the type of jobs you are interested in.
Here are some of the major ones
Explore Other Job Search Avenues As Well
Even with most jobs requiring an online application, sometimes “old school” methods can be helpful. Look for meetups and organisations that are specific to your preferred career and industry. Attend meetings in order to meet others in your profession. Often they can give you valuable advice and an inside track to open positions.