Scouts top tips on getting in shape for a new job.
It is very well documented that healthy body = healthy mind and here at Scout we truly believe that! One of the reasons we organise group PT sessions for the team. Exercise not only re-stimulates the brain but it boosts your immune system, gives you more energy, helps you sleep more soundly, plus your clothes fit a bit better 😉
So we have decided to put together a little programme for you, to help you get in shape for interviews and landing your new dream job and give you the motivation you need. Just think of us as your PT (Placement Team)!
Exercise 1: The CV ‘shuffle’
When on the search for a new role, your CV is the first port of call. This will need to be dug out, amended and refreshed. There are a number of simple and elegant templates around now and you don’t need to be an In-Design expert to make them look good. Don’t rush it, get someone else the check it, run a spelling and grammar check and make sure you keep it succinct, especially if you have quite a few years’ experience.
Exercise 2: The role ‘lunge’
Before approaching others about a change of role, have a good think about the type of role you are ideally looking for, the location and the type of industry you see your new role being in. For example, we have a lot of Candidates wanting to go from Agency Account Service to Client side Brand Manager – this is quite a jump and we always discuss the negatives along with the positives to ensure they have fully thought through this shift and if it is definitely the right thing for them. Once this is clear in your mind, then approaching prospective employers or recruitment consultancies is easier.
Exercise 3: The email ‘step’
Once you are happy that your CV is looking its best and the content reflects your experience entirely, and that you are clear in your mind what your next role should look like, then you need to get it out there. National job sites are a good start, there are a few big ones but make sure you also look at the niche sites dedicated to your industry as that is where employers and recruiters in your field will be also looking. Before you do this though, email out to the Recruitment Consultancies you have enjoyed working with in the past or a recommendation from a friend, as they should make the process a lot easier and smoother for you than just being bombarded with irrelevant job specs.
Exercise 4: The interview ‘stretch’
It may have been a while since you have actually interviewed, so getting into shape for the actual interview is the final but vital stage. Make sure you have done your homework thoroughly on the company you have secured a meeting with, ask your recruiter (if it is via them) any questions you have as they should know a lot about the company and the role, have some questions to ask the interviewer at the end, make sure you plan your journey well ahead of time and the outfit you are going to wear. And remember; good eye contact, good hand shake and smile!
Follow these simple exercises and you will be fit and ready to land your new job! Enjoy our PT session!