The last few months have seen a lot of change. If you have found yourself looking for a new opportunity in the post-COVID world, here are some job search tips!

Engage a specialist recruiter

Good recruiters will have a comprehensive understanding of your market and current opportunities. Engaging recruiters is a quick way of tapping into this knowledge to help you in your search. They can proactively represent you! Even better, they already have a relationship with the hiring managers and can guide you through the process, from interviews and salary negotiation through to offer and onboarding.

Update your CV

It is very important to get your CV right as it is often the first impression potential employers have of you. Make sure you have a clean and clear layout and TRIPLE check your spelling and grammar. Get someone else to check it over for you as well. Highlight your key relevant experiences, education and certifications. Include all the details in your last 3 jobs, as this is likely to be how far your potential employer or a recruiter looks. Make sure your CV doesn’t go over 2 pages if possible!

You can find example CV’s and CV templates here.

Read our CV writing tips here.

Update your online CV

Your social media profile can act as a virtual CV, it’s there 24/7 as your own personal advert to the job market. The sites you need to create or update are your LinkedIn Profile and your chosen Joboard accounts.

Create a LinkedIn profile or update your existing profile by detailing your relevant skills and experience to maximise your online presence. The more experience you detail, the more searches you will appear in. Share your profile edits to draw attention to your refreshed profile among your followers.

The number 1 reason people change jobs is career opportunity and the number 1 way people discover a new job is through a referral. Social professional networks are the number 1 source of quality hires, followed by internet job boards and employee referrals. Now that LinkedIn has over 5 million members, businesses and recruiters are utilising this to look for new talent!

You can choose to show recruiters and hiring managers, who are searching for potential candidates, that you are ‘open to opportunities’ on LinkedIn. This will not be visible to your current company but will alert hiring managers and recruiters that you are open to approaches!

Read more guidance on our advance advice page.

If you are looking for a new job in Rail, Property, Water, Utilities or Construction, contact us today on 01483 361061 or contact us via email here. We have plenty of permanent and contract roles across all of our sectors and our recruiters are here to help!

The latest news this week in the Water & Utilities Industry:

Ofwat focuses on purpose, values and culture in new principles

Ofwat has published its revised board leadership, transparency, and governance principles. Read more…

South West Water backs ‘Year of Green Action’

South West Water is planning to hold a year-long series of environmental events for staff and the public. Read more…

Waitrose Launches £1m Initiative To Tackle UK Plastic Pollution

Waitrose & Partners will today (28 Jan) launch a £1 million grant fund to give money to projects designed to reduce unnecessary plastic and tackle plastic pollution.  Read more…

New environmental scorecards assess PR19 plans

Blueprint for Water, part of the Wildlife and Countryside Link nature coalition, has published new scorecards that analyse how successful water companies’ plans for AMP7 are likely to be in protecting and improving the environment. Read more…

Viridor & Suffolk County Council Agree 10-Year Contract Renewal

Viridor and Suffolk County Council have agreed an £88.75 million renewal of the contact for the council’s mixed dry recyclate. Read more…


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