Make the most of the September Jobs Rush with these Four Simple Tips
Friday, August 31, 2018
Four tips for making the most of the September jobs rush
September is, traditionally, peak hiring season for businesses. There is, generally, a large increase in the number of vacancies and it’s a great opportunity for applicants in a variety of fields. Last year, statistics from the CV-Library showed an overall increase of 12% year on year of advertised vacancies in the UK. This growth, however, also means that there are a lot more people applying and it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Here are First Achieve’s four top tips for making the most of the September Jobs Rush.
1. Don't Rush Yourself
During these recruitment cycles, it can be tempting for job seekers to rush into applications. Don’t! Take your time when job searching. Make sure that you’re applying for a role that’s right for you. It’s tempting to go straight for the biggest wage, but keep in mind your goals and long-term prospects. If a position becomes available that you like, check how long an employee generally stays for and how many opportunities there are for personal growth. Remember that the best paycheck might not lead you to the best job.
2. Aim for The Stars
Job seekers generally apply for positions that are similar to ones they’ve worked before. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but there’s no reason to restrict yourself if there’s a role you really want. When looking for September start jobs, don’t be afraid to show a little ambition. Send out applications for positions that you feel might be a bit beyond you. At worst, they’ll reject you and you move on to the next place. But with such an increase in the number of vacancies, there’s a better chance of you landing an interview. Impress someone and you could find yourself up for your dream role.
3. Clean Up Your Digital Footprint
It’s the end of summer. Maybe you’ve taken a couple of months off after university, spent some time aboard after quitting your last job or followed England’s World Cup campaign through every pub in the country. Whatever you did, you’ve had a great time. Now, though, you need to get back in the work mindset and a big part of this is cleaning up your online profile. Whether it’s a few questionable photos on Facebook or a joke you tweeted years ago when you were younger and less wise, employers will search you out and look for anything that could reflect poorly on them. Before these busy recruitment cycles, take the time to go through your various social media pages and get rid of anything that could come across as being unprofessional. It’s a good idea to update any accounts you have on sites like LinkedIn with references or people you’ve networked with.
4. Perfect Your Application
This might seem like an obvious one, but when the pressure’s on, it’s easy to overlook the little things that could decide whether or not you get the job. As its peak hiring season, businesses are sure to be inundated with applications. One proactive measure you could take would be to have multiple CVs for different roles. You don’t have to write the whole thing from scratch each time, but it’s a good idea to tweak it for specific applications, as some of your strengths and experiences may be more relevant than others.
And that’s it, four ways to make the most of the summer job-rush.
First Achieve recruit for a number of industries and always have a wide range of job opportunities available. Check on our jobs page to see the different roles we are currently recruiting for.
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