There is nothing as easy as applying for a job. There can be nothing more difficult than doing it effectively. You want a change, or change has been visited upon you. You need a bigger challenge; you want to know what you’re capable of. You don’t want to be treated like a commodity or an item on a production line. You want to enter a partnership with people who may be able to move your career up to the next level.
Use the information here to find out if you are ready to move on, and if so, how to find the right roles, produce a good cv and make an impact during the selection process. Also of benefit might be a visit to our careers advice website – careeradviceforme While some pages are password protected for subscribers, there is lots of useful free information, hints, tips, news and links to other useful web content.
If you are in the process of applying for a role via Proventure we welcome contact from you to discuss the role, your career and your application. They are time consuming and take a lot of work. We recognise this and want you to present your best self to a new employer.
Start by reading the advert fully; then read it again. It’s designed to help you. If there’s an information pack or micro-site, read it, and ask yourself what the role’s really about and what they might want from a recruit. Ask yourself 2 key questions; what do I bring to this role and what difference can I make?
Don’t leave it there: research the job and the organisation, ask around, check out the press and people in the know in your networks, on blogs, social media etc. If the organisation is in the public sector, read up on any inspection reports and look at published committee papers. If in the private sector, check out their annual report, any business plans and statements, market overview and key competitors. Get in step with how the organisation feels and where it is going. What’s its aims and vision – how is it looking to get there? How is it performing?
If a conversation is offered – usually to a consultant, but sometimes to a Managing Director, Chief Executive or Director – grasp the nettle and make the call. But, don’t just phone up and say “Hi, the advert said to phone”. This is your first opportunity to impress.
So, plan the conversation, introduce yourself, explain why you’re calling, outline why you’re interested and ask one or two good questions. Show you’ve thought about the role. See if the person has any questions of you, create a rapport, and ensure you leave your name before the call ends. This is the first part of your “pitch” and you will be judged.