Ready to take your next step on the career ladder but not quite sure where to start? It's likely that you need a little structure to really get going with your job hunt so we’ve put together a few quick pointers to help kick start your job search.

Here's our advice as seasoned recruiters on what you should be doing to secure your dream job:

1. Make sure you know what you want

Before you do anything else, firstly think about your career ambitions & goals - what do you want to be doing in 5 years' time? How do you want to get there? Be clear on the type of position you're looking for in this next step.

2. Spring clean your CV 

Make sure it's fully up to date with your latest experience and key achievements. If you can, ask friends & family for feedback - it’s easy to miss typos so an extra set of eyes is a must. Also, draft a cover letter template that can be tailored to each application you make.

3. Clean up your social media profile 

LinkedIn’s important but don’t forget employers often check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc to give them insights into your personality. Try to give an accurate reflection of yourself through what you post, share and comment on.

4. Network

Both in person & online. The more contacts you have, the more opportunities you’ll get to hear about on the grapevine.

5. Be proactive 

Don't just apply to companies that have just advertised. Approach the companies you want to work for directly, LinkedIn provides a brilliant platform for doing this. Always follow up application if you haven't heard anything back.

6. Interviews 

Be prepared and be on time. Think of responses to question you are likely to be asked, do your homework on the company and know you CV inside out, but also don't forget to ask them questions to make sure the company and the role is right for you.

7. Be organised 

Keep a record of all the jobs you apply for and interviews you attend, so that you don’t accidentally apply for the same role twice through a recruiter. Keep feedback details as this will help with future interviews.

8. Don’t give up!

Your dream job is out there but sometimes it takes time, perseverance & dedication to find it.

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