Our 5 top tips to help with your job search

Are you fed up of your boss or the long commute? Or just looking for a new job?

Here are our 5 Top Tips to make sure your job search is successful.


1. Wish List – what are you looking for?

Write down exactly what you would like out of your job search. What is your dream job? What would you like out of it?

Spend some time considering the pros and cons of your current position and then write down, in another list, what you would like from a new job?


Current Job

Pros Cons
Secure position 50 mins drive
Bonus Pay rise unavailable
Incentives No position development


New Job Wish List

Min of £30k pa

Maximum of 30 min drive away

Flexible working

28 days holiday per year


2. Starting your job search

We, as can be expected, would recommend you call and speak to a Specialist Recruitment Consultant when you are looking for a new role. However there are other options including searching job aggregators, such as Indeed, and setting up job alerts so you are notified about new job openings as soon as they are posted.

The amount of jobs available will be dependent on both your skill set and location but we recommend shortlisting around 5-10 vacancies that you find interesting.


3. Narrow down your shortlist 

Next narrow down your shortlisted vacancies by comparing each job to your wishlist. The top 3 to 5 jobs will be the ones that have the most features in common with your ‘Wish List’.

This will allow you to focus your time on writing a strong tailored application to these few positions with a higher chance of success than posting out generic CVs to a lot of different vacancies.


4. Tailor your applications

It is important that you tailor each of your applications to match the job you are applying for.

For example if you are a Site Manager with experience in both high rise builds and also small bespoke projects, you want to highlight the experience which is most relevant to the position you are applying for.

Recruitment Consultants and Hiring Managers will scan your CV to look for the following information:

  • experience working on a similar types of project
  • tickets and any other relevant qualifications required for the role
  • duties and responsibilities you have completed within each of these roles to match with the requirements of the vacancy

If you can make this as easy as possible to find within your application you will be more likely to be successful.  This could be by putting subheadings within your CV, summarising the relevant information at the top of your CV or submitting a covering letter or email as part of you application.

Do this for each role you wish to apply for.


5. Follow up your applications

Now you can apply to each of these vacancies with the relevant tailored CV.

Some roles can get a high number of applications and even though you have made an effort to ensure this stands out from the crowd, it can be worth putting in a follow up call.

This can be just a quick call to confirm that the individual has received your application to asking any questions you may have about when you will receive feedback or details about the role. This prompts the recipient to review you application, even if they have done so already, and make them more likely to remember your application.


Looking for work can be a daunting process, especially if you have been in a permanent role for a number of years, but there is confidential support available. If you would like to find out more about roles in your industry feel free to contact one of our Specialist Recruitment Consultants who will be happy to help.

This blog was written by Tazmin Mansbridge