By DebbieH 04 Dec 2018 7 min read

Job search checklist: How to find your next challenge

Job hunting can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. Below, we’ve broken down the entire process in to these simple steps to help you stay on top of your job search.


1. Update your CV

You are constantly evolving – your CV should too. Your CV should be updated with any new and relevant information as you develop in your career, and it should be tailored to every job you apply for. Using a generic CV could cost you a handful of interviews, so it’s important to make sure each one if specific to the company/job description. Simply highlight your key skills and don’t be tempted to include every job you’ve ever had. It’s your personal marketing tool, so before you press send, a proofreading and editing process should be in place. Here’s some more advice on how to create a standout CV.

Once you’ve got your CV updated, be sure to upload it so that employers can find you.


2. Set up Job Alerts

You can set up numerous job alerts for jobs you’re interested in on our website. That way, we can send relevant and recent jobs straight to your inbox. This way, you’ll be notified of the jobs you’re looking for, so you can apply as soon as possible, ensuring you don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for that dream job. Tailor your alerts by job type, job category, salary and location. All that’s left for you to do is to keep an eye on your inbox and apply as soon as a job catches your eye.


3. Cover Letter

Don’t forget to tailor your cover letter for each application you send. It should show the employer how your skills and experience match the requirements laid out in the job description. Be professional, addressing and formatting the letter correctly and show the recruiter why you’re the right person for the job. Make sure you don’t just copy your CV – remember that it’s quality rather than quantity that counts in a cover letter.


4. Check yourself out online

Those photos that bring back awful flashbacks could be floating around on the internet for everyone to see. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and about 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees. Tidying up your online presence is essential before you start sending out job applications.

Once you’ve cleaned up your profiles, use them as a marketing tool for yourself. Post any industry-related articles that you’ve been reading or any events that you’ve been to recently.


5. Network on LinkedIn

Make sure you keep your LinkedIn updated. This is an extremely valuable tool for job seekers, so make the most of it. Show off your key skills and get endorsements from past managers and colleagues. LinkedIn is also a great networking tool. Make connections within the legal industry and get involved.

While you’re there, make sure to follow Simply Law Jobs for job highlights and the latest industry news.


6. See who’s hiring

Browse the A-Z of companies who are hiring, find the businesses and law firms you’d like work for and start applying for jobs. You can even set up alerts for specific employers so you know as soon as the latest opportunity has been posted.


7. Proof your CV

Don’t forget to check your CV and cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes – these can really put recruiters off. In addition to spell check, a tool like Grammarly can pick up any little mistakes that you miss.

If you can, get a second pair of eyes to help you proofread for any errors.


8. Organise your day

Search for jobs when you are motivated. Find the time of day that best suits you, and use that time well. This could be when you are most productive or when you have a quiet hour or two to yourself. By dedicating a certain amount of time to your job search each day, you can easily manage the (hopefully) influx of responses and applications.


9. Stay positive

Job hunting is a numbers game, and you might not get the first job you apply for. Don’t let this deter you from finding your dream job. Ask for feedback if you’re not successful in an interview and learn from the experience. Remember that your perfect job is just around the corner!