3 Things You Should Update Before Looking for a New Role

A job application for any vacancy requires an enormous amount of research, preparation and targeting.  In such a pivotal, central role as data centre facilities management, it is even more crucial. It’s never sufficient simply to submit a CV, which is essentially a running scoresheet of your employment history with your current job added in pole position. Instead, you should put in the time and effort to remodel and revise your CV so that it speaks to this new vacancy precisely and consistently. Think of it not as a universal tool but as a distinct, customised element of each application.


As a matter of routine, you should be updating your CV regularly: if not daily then certainly every time you encounter a significant career experience. It should be an organic document which expresses your current level of achievement and skills, rather than a slavish listing in which excellence may be too easily obscured by the weight of irrelevance.


Even if you cannot develop this habit, it is nevertheless essential to perform a thorough review of your CV before thinking about a role in data centre facilities management. You should aim to restrict it to two pages, not by reducing the font size but by eliminating anything that is not pertinent, adds nothing or duplicates information. It should focus clearly on the key responsibilities you currently fulfil and be tailored to the precise requirements of the new job you hope to secure.


However, there are other significant steps you can take to improve your chances, now that both job-seeking and hiring place so much emphasis on information that resides outside the formal application process. Here are three of the most effective ones.


Your online profile can make or break your chances. 80% of employers use Google to pre-screen applicants before they’ll even invite them for an interview. If they don’t find any evidence to support your suitability – or worse, if they find something that flatly refutes it – your application is dead in the water. Googling yourself is the quickest way to find out what employers will see. It’s not good if you don’t appear at all, but if you do, you want the impression given to be positive. That means not only adjusting your existing profile but enhancing it by spreading your presence across as many platforms as possible with positive posts.


The obvious place to start is LinkedIn, given its emphasis on professional networks, but even Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube are worthwhile. The difference between casual postings you’ve made in the past and the current situation is that you are posting with a focus and a purpose: to sell yourself. While you’re at it, switch off your LinkedIn activity broadcasts so the platform doesn’t congratulate you on landing a new job when all you’ve done is amend your job title – don’t risk accidental disqualification.


A second valuable activity is to carry out an audit of your skills. Your abilities are developing every day but you may not even be aware of how much you are growing. Look at yourself through the eyes of a stranger and you’ll come away from the exercise much better equipped to give the best account of what makes you a valuable asset to a new employer.


Thirdly, your career development is important but you should be in control of it and not let it control you. Be clear about the paths you want to follow, the objectives you have in mind and don’t be derailed by opportunities that look good on paper but won’t suit you long-term. At the same time, keep an open mind to possibilities you haven’t considered. This two-pronged approach will help you construct applications that are filled with energy, promise and initiative.


If you’re at the stage where you really want to turbo-charge your application skills and climb the next rung of the career ladder then Clear Engineering Recruitment can give you all the advice and guidance you need. Contact us today.


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