By Simply Law Jobs

1. Sprinkle Some Magic on Your CV

Generally speaking, your CV should be updated every 6–12 months as you gather new skills and experiences. Sending a CV which is out of date will hardly impress a recruiter; it will make you look sloppy if anything.

You need to make sure that your CV wows to stand out from the crowd. Recruiters will often receive hundreds of applications for one position, so what is going to make them want to read your CV and invite you to the interview stage? Think like a marketer, you need to sell yourself!

2. Upload Your CV

Once you’ve created a stand out CV, you need to upload it to let recruiters see how fabulous you really are. You’d be surprised at how many recruiters regularly search CV databases looking to headhunt top talent so this one’s important!

On Simply Law Jobs, you can create your own #jobseeker profile and upload your CV to accompany it. Make sure you fill in all your contact details so recruiters can contact you with the latest opportunities.

3. Set up Job Alerts

Another nifty trick is to set up job alerts for the types of jobs you’re interested in. That means you don’t have to search for jobs every day, they’ll land in your inbox instead.

On Simply Law Jobs, you can tailor alerts by job type, job category, salary and location. All that’s left for you to do is to keep an eye on your inbox and apply as soon as a job catches your eye.

4. Write a tailored Cover Letter

Don’t forget to tailor your cover letter for each application you send. It should show the employer how your skills and experience match the requirements laid out in the job description.

Be professional, addressing and formatting the letter correctly and show the recruiter why you’re the right person for the job.

Make sure you don’t just copy your CV and remember that it’s quality rather than quantity that counts in a cover letter.

5. Spring Clean Your Social Media

Drunken photos or inappropriate comments, however long ago, are not going to impress any potential employer.

Recruiters are more than likely to do a quick search for you on social media before inviting you to interview so make sure they like what they see. Tidying up your online presence is essential before you start sending out job applications.

Posting insightful and interesting comments on social media, such as LinkedIn, could be the reason you stand out from another candidate. Use these platforms to your advantage.

6. Get Organised

Searching for a new job is a job in itself so put time aside every day to apply for positions. This could be the time when you are most productive or when you have a quiet hour or two to yourself.

If you dedicate a certain amount of time each day you can make sure that you are consistently making applications and keeping on top of any new opportunities. This ‘little and often’ strategy can also make the task feel much more manageable.

7. Stay Positive

Job hunting is a numbers game and you probably won’t get the first job you apply for — but don’t let this dishearten you.

Ask for feedback if you’re not successful in an application or interview and try to learn from the experience. Remember that new jobs are added to Simply Law Jobs every single day so remain positive because tomorrow’s another day!