20 Essential Tips for Getting a Job

August 26, 2018  |   Career Coaching Blog   |     |   0 Comment

The tips given here are based on many years of enabling clients to get the job that they wanted. It also includes some advice based on my time on the other side of the desk as an HR Director. If you follow the advice here you will be better placed to get the job than 80% of your competition. But be aware getting the job that you want takes time and effort.

The tips are given in the sequence of your job search – creating your CV, marketing yourself and being successful at interview.

Your CV

  • Most recruiters decide if you are worth interviewing based on the content of the first two thirds of page one of your CV. So make sure you show them what a good candidate you are for the job by this point of your CV.
  • Don’t send out the same CV for each job. Amend your profile and key skills sections to reflect the job requirements. Tailoring your CV in this way is the key to getting an interview
  • Under each job list your achievements not just a list of duties/responsibilities. You want to demonstrate what a great track record you have of delivering results. Most recruiters will know the responsibilities of a job anyway
  • You do not need to put on age, marital status or references. Only have an interests section if it adds something to the job application. For instance – reading, music and socialising add nothing, but cycling might be of interest if you are applying to a cycling clothing retailer
  • There is no need to include a picture on your CV
  • Avoid a lot of empty adjectives on your CV – ambitious, dynamic, motivated etc etc. Everyone does it and often use the same adjectives. Talk about your skills and your results
  • Whatever you do check the spelling and grammar on your CV. It says a lot about you and how much you care about your CV
  • Keep your CV to 2 pages. Its purpose is to get you an interview, not to tell your life story!

Marketing Yourself

  • 70% of management and professional roles are filled through effective networking.  So don’t spend the majority of your time sending your application in for jobs on online jobs boards
  • Effective networking happens on a 1:1 basis so forget the conferences and large business breakfasts
  • Don’t expect recruitment consultants to ask you to come and meet them unless you happen to be a good match for one of their current vacancies. They get a commission for successful placements not chatting to candidates that they might be able to place at some point in the future. Plus they are judged on their ability to produce high quality shortlists on time
  • Don’t bother approaching people on LinkedIn for jobs – they don’t like it as it’s a professional networking site. But do make sure you have a strong LinkedIn profile as recruiters will often check you out on LinkedIn and increasingly recruiters search LinkedIn for suitable candidates for jobs
  • Remember to consider how you might be able to assist the person you are meeting with. This could be as simple as helping find their son or daughter a work experience placement
  • When you have a networking meeting have a clear agenda and purpose for the meeting and make sure you look the part. People won’t recommend you if you don’t ‘look the part’


You don’t want to mess things up if you have done all the hard work to get to interview stage for the job that you want! So follow these tips carefully.


  • Key to any successful interview is preparation You need to work out the competencies for the job from the job description and find a good strong example of each from your own career. Once you have your examples rehearse and refine them. Aim to answer each question within 3 minutes, this will ensure you keep the interviewer’s attention
  • Most interviews start with asking you to run through your CV or career to date. The aim is to ‘warm you up’ and check how your experience matches the job. Again this needs to be rehearsed. Many candidates fall flat on their face when asked to do this. They are hesitant and some interviewers read this as a lack of confidence. You should be able to run through your CV within 4 minutes – maximum 5 minutes
  • Have ready answers to questions about your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t say you have no weaknesses it just demonstrates a lack of self-awareness
  • Ensure good positive body language at your interview. Studies say that your body language alone accounts for over 50% of what you communicate
  • Dress appropriately – surveys have shown that for instance brightly coloured clothing won’t help your chances of getting a job (unless you are going for a job the requires it!). 65% of hiring managers say that clothing and appearance can be the deciding factor between two similar candidates. The best advice is to check out what staff wear to work beforehand
  • Turn up for your interview early. This gives you time to relax and check out your appearance before you are called in. Always make sure you are pleasant to everyone you meet in the building – you are on show all the time

Be a Winner

By following these tips I can assure you that you will be more successful in your job hunt than the vast majority of the others out there. Getting a new job is a job in itself and requires hard work and effort. If you do this I know you will get the job that you want. The vast majority of our career coaching clients have successfully found the role they wanted. If you need it we can offer you coaching support on some, or all of the areas mentioned here. Please call and we are happy to talk through what you may, or may not need.


Tony Goddard

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