Featured

Job search habits to leave behind in 2021

Meg Timbrell
Meg Timbrell
Content & Social Media Manager
3 min read

If bringing in the new year means bringing in a new job, then keep reading to find out if you're still making any of these bad job search habits. Leave them behind in 2021!

Applying to lots of jobs with identical CVs and cover letters

We know how time-consuming it can be to create brand new CVs and cover letters for each individual company you apply for - especially when you're already juggling school, uni or another job.

But it's the single most important thing you can do when applying for multiple jobs at once.

Otherwise, it can look extremely generic and obvious to the person reading your application that you've not tailored it to the specific job. It's a matter of showing the hiring manager that you really want the job - enough to describe how you meet the specific requirements they have for the job and that you actually want to work for this organisation.

For help with writing the perfect CV, click here.

Not applying because you don't feel qualified enough

You may have heard the statistic that men apply for jobs when they're only 60% qualified, whereas women only apply for jobs when they're 100% qualified.

If it's the case that you don't meet all of the requirements, don't panic! If you're passionate about the industry or the job role and meet some of the qualifications, this can often be enough. Try to make your passion shine through your cover letter as much as possible if this is the case.

Procrastinating

This one is easy to do and all of us have been guilty of it at one point. If you've got an overwhelming schedule at school, uni or another job already, try to find time in your week that you can schedule your job search in for, even if it's just 30 minutes at the start or end of a day to keep the momentum going.

Sometimes job openings are only around for a short window of time, so putting off your job search for days or even a week can mean that you might miss out on a vacancy at a company that's perfect for you.

Not researching the job role and company

If you'd never heard of the company you're applying for a week ago, make sure you do your bit to research them thoroughly, so that you can properly tailor your CV and cover letter. It will also get you ahead of the game if you get an interview offer.

Even if you already know and love the company you're applying to, just get your facts straight:

"How long has the company been operating for?"

"Does the company have a vision or mission and what are their company values?"

If it's a fairly large company that you're applying for, see if you can find a podcast or interview on YouTube about the company and how it was started. Quite often, founders or CEOs of companies will share their story on social media or in podcast form, and it's the perfect way of gaining an extra insight into the company.

Not asking any questions at the end of an interview

Asking questions can prove you're keen to learn more about the job at hand and that you've got initiative. Research the company as much as you can to make sure these questions are tailored. Questions could include:

"What's your favourite thing about working for X company?"

"What's a typical day like in this role?"

For our guide to acing your job interview, click here.

Not following up after the interview

Following up after your interview can prove that you're enthusiastic and willing to go the extra mile for the job. This can be as simple as a quick note in an email to thank them for their time and that you're looking forward to hearing from them.

Good luck!

We know that job applications can be exhausting and feel like an extra job in itself at times. Keep your head up, and the motivation going.

For more tips and tricks for how to ace the job application process, click here.

Related articles
Emily Hanson
Emily Hanson
8 min read

How to get off the career conveyor belt and find your true ...

Do you ever look around at where you are in life and think 'how on earth did I find myself here?'. A little like when...

Sort logo
Sort
4 min read

How To Deal With Recruiters When Applying for Jobs

Did you know there are more than  12,000 recruitment agencies  in the UK? Each one has hundreds of clien...

Sort logo
Sort
7 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Alex - Senior Assistant Producer at Sky Sports

Do you love sport and have a knack for creating content? We recently chatted to Alex Emery, Senior Assistant Produ...

Sort logo
Sort
6 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Cat - the Future of Work

We spoke to Cathryn Barnard, co-founder and director of Working the Future , who provide work trend intelligenc...

Sort logo
Sort
11 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Tim Campbell - on The Apprentice & ...

Tim Campbell MBE won The Apprentice back in 2005, and has come full circle to work alongside Lord Alan Sugar to judge...

Sort logo
Sort
6 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Scott - Founder of Coaltown Coffee

Scott James is the founder of Coaltown Coffee , a specialty coffee roastery based in South Wales in a small tow...

Sort logo
Sort
6 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Howard - music producer & Jamiroquai band ...

Howard Whiddett describes himself as a producer, performer and Jamiroquai band member, using computers and music produ...

Meg Timbrell
Meg Timbrell
2 min read

Construction apprenticeships

Working in construction can be a brilliant career pathway, and there are a surprising number of routes you can follow....

Meg Timbrell
Meg Timbrell
2 min read

Netflix's advice for those who want to enter the TV/film ...

The film industry is an exciting and dynamic place to work, whether you're wanting to tell your own stories as a sc...

Sort logo
Sort
9 min read

SUCCESS STORIES: Keith - from cancer to Kanye

Keith Gray is, without doubt, a success story - a Creative Director who has worked with the likes of Toma...

Sort logo
Sort
4 min read

SORT SWITCH: Sarah - from Dentistry to Wildlife Conservation

Sarah Parmor is originally from North Wales, and after going to University in Cardiff to study dentistry, she worked a...

Holly Chapman
Holly Chapman
6 min read

Starting an apprenticeship at 30 - Holly's story

I’m Holly, I’m 30, I’m a mum of two and I’ve just become an apprentice. I was one of those kids at school. You...

Meg Timbrell
Meg Timbrell
1 min read

Business apprenticeships

Why a business apprenticeship? To get your foot in the door of the business world, apprenticeships are an excellent wa...

Meg Timbrell
Meg Timbrell
1 min read

The very best of 'how it started' vs 'how ...

If you're in need of career inspiration or feeling stuck, it can help to look at where your role models started out, no...

Sort logo
Sort
1 min read

Accounting apprenticeships

What is accounting? Accounting involves the measurement and management of the financial information of an individua...