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How to get out of your Groundhog Day job search…6 brilliant job hunting tips!

Posted on 2nd February 2017

February 2nd is traditionally known as ‘Groundhog Day’ in America.  It is the official day that the groundhog comes out of his burrow from hibernation, but it also relates to the 1993 film ‘Groundhog Day’ which sees a TV weatherman reporting on Groundhog festivities caught in a time loop repeating the same day over and over again.  We’re sure you’ve seen it!

Do you feel like you’re stuck in your own very own repetitive Groundhog Day hell when it comes to your job search?

We know that looking for a new job can feel tedious, and repetitive, and tedious, and repetitive…but the key is to not give up! The Maine Team have come up with their top tips to help you avoid the tedium and to give you the motivation to pick yourself up out of the job hunt rut and getting going again. Read on…

Rachel, resource extraordinaire, says:

“Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile and that this is up to date! Ensure you have all of your previous employment listed and get some recommendations and endorsements. LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your skills and experience.”

Robyn, Senior Consultant, advises:

“If you’re not having any luck finding a new role and you feel like your search has stagnated, maybe it’s time to review your CV. Take a look at your CV style, how you have worded your introduction, the layout and structure, and how long it is. These can all have a huge impact on how you’re immediately perceived. If you’re not sure what or how to improve your CV, get some expert advice, we can help!”

Kristian, Permanent Consultant, suggests:

“Practising interview answers out loud, with family and friends, or in front of the mirror can be really helpful! You need to be fluent and convincing in your responses, whilst remaining true to yourself.  As always, practise makes perfect, so do as much as you can!”

Siobhan, our Charity Recruitment Specialist, says:

“It might be time to review your expectations; so often, we are applying for roles that we are either over-qualified or under-qualified for. Take a step back and take a measure of level of role you are applying for. If it’s time to take a step up, don’t sell yourself short; reach for your next role but be realistic. If you’re actively looking for a role that you know you will be over-qualified for, make it clear why you’re choosing to do so.”

Krishna, Temporary Consultant, recommends:

“Make the opening paragraph on your CV specific – it should be about you and be clear on what you are looking for! Outline what type of role you are looking for and why you are the right candidate; give this paragraph meaning”

Carly, Commercial Director and Permanent Consultant, says:

“Register with appropriate agencies! You need to be registered with every agency that might take on the types of roles you are looking for. We’re here to help, we have the skills to match you to your dream job but we’re not omniscient. Keep an eye our websites and apply for all the relevant jobs with a bespoke CV – being active in your search will help you find your new role.”

It’s time to stop the Groundhog Day style job hunt and get back on track; let The Maine Group give you a helping hand! Having been active in the recruitment industry for 30 years we’ve got a wealth of experience in finding candidates their dream jobs. Take a look here for all of our latest roles and start applying! Or, not sure what to do next? Give us a call on 020 7734 7341 for CV writing advice and more job hunting tips!