Insider Tips for Jobseekers

Natalie Brian, Director of Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment, gives her expertise to job seekers

As Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment, we understand the challenges job seekers face, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our advice to job seekers is to:

  1. Know Your Strengths: Identify your unique skills and strengths that set you apart from others. Showcase these attributes in your CV and interviews.
  2. Research Companies: Take the time to research potential employers. Understand their values, culture, and the roles they offer. Tailor your applications to align with their specific requirements.
  3. Network: Networking is a powerful tool. Attend industry events, connect with professionals on LinkedIn, and build meaningful relationships. You never know when an opportunity may arise.
  4. Stay Positive and Persistent: Job hunting can be challenging, but staying positive and persistent is crucial. Keep refining your approach, learning from rejections, and believing in your capabilities.
  5. Embrace Continuous Learning: In a dynamic job market, continuous learning is essential. Invest in upskilling and professional development to stay relevant and adaptable.
  6. Be Open-Minded: Sometimes, the perfect opportunity may come from unexpected places. Be open to exploring different roles and industries that align with your interests and skills.
  7. Prepare for Interviews: Preparation is key to acing interviews. Research common interview questions, practice your responses, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the role.
  8. Customise Your Applications: Avoid generic applications. Tailor each CV and cover letter to highlight how you’re the ideal fit for each specific role.
  9. Seek Professional Guidance: Our recruitment experts are here to help. Partner with us to receive personalised guidance and support throughout your job search journey.
  10. Trust the Process: Finding the right job takes time and patience. Trust the process, stay committed, and remember that the perfect fit is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

For more information and to access Jigsaw Specialist Recruitment’s pool of exceptional job opportunities, you can contact us on 01202 888343 or hello@jigsawspecialist.co.uk.

Myth or Fact…

Myth or Fact: Social media profiles can significantly impact a candidate’s chances of being hired.
Fact: Social media profiles can indeed have a significant impact on a candidate’s chances of being hired. In today’s digital age, many employers and recruiters turn to social media platforms to gain additional insights into candidates beyond their resumes and interviews. Here’s why social media profiles matter in the hiring process:
1. Professional Reputation: Profiles reflect a candidate’s professional reputation and online presence. Inappropriate behaviour or controversial posts may raise concerns.
2. Skills and Expertise: Platforms like LinkedIn allow candidates to showcase qualifications, work history, and achievements.
3. Cultural Fit: Profiles provide insights into a candidate’s personality, values, and interests, aiding employers in assessing cultural fit.
4. Communication and Networking Skills: Active participation on social media demonstrates communication skills and networking abilities.
5. Red Flags and Background Checks: Employers conduct social media background checks to uncover potential concerns or red flags.
Candidates should be mindful of their online presence and its impact on their professional image. Regularly reviewing privacy settings and being mindful of shared content can help present a positive online presence.

5 tips for job seekers to make your CV stand out by Jigsaw Director, Natalie Brian

Hi job seekers! If you’re looking for ways to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, you’ve come to the right place. Hiring managers prioritise several key elements when screening resumes and CVs, so it’s essential to know what they’re looking for.
1) Relevant experience is crucial. You need to show that you have the skills and knowledge required to excel in the role. Tailor your resume or CV to the specific job you’re applying for and use keywords and phrases that demonstrate your experience in the field or industry.
2) Education and qualifications are essential. Include evidence of these qualifications in your application, so the hiring manager knows you’re ready to take on the job.
3) Achievements and accomplishments can make you stand out from other candidates. Make sure to include awards, promotions, or other recognitions that demonstrate your abilities and potential for growth within the company.
4) Attention to detail is also critical when it comes to your resume or CV. Hiring managers want to see that you’ve taken the time to carefully craft your application and that it’s free from errors and inconsistencies.
5) Cultural fit is important to many companies. Hiring managers want to see that you’ll be a good fit for their company culture. This includes factors such as your values, personality, and work style. Be sure to demonstrate your fit through your application.
By taking the time to highlight your relevant experience and qualifications, provide evidence of your achievements, and showcase your values and work style, you’ll be able to create a CV that catches the attention of hiring managers and increases your chances of securing your dream job. Good luck!