1. Prepare your CV and Cover Letter
This is an important step that candidates often miss out.
Add your education and work experience, preferably starting with the most recent achievement/ job to draw the hiring managers’ attention there more easily.
Use relevant keywords on your CV to pinpoint your skills – for example if a client is searching for a candidate who can prepare management accounts, the term “management accounts” will stand out on your CV!
A cover letter is not always needed, but really helpful to keep on hand in case the hiring manager requests one upon submitting the application. Think of it as a short personal profile, explaining to the employer how your experience directly links to the role you are applying for. A well created cover letter, personalised to the company, can really set you apart from other candidates.
*TIP: Don’t include the wrong company or manager name on the cover letter, this is a big no-no and will guarantee you a rejection!