Job hunt success: What’s stopping you?

Many of us who've been on the job hunt for some time will consider whether we could improve something about our efforts. This is often when we turn to online advice like that in the Hot Plate section of the Berkeley Scott site.

Maybe you've previously been super-confident about all your application and interview techniques, and shunned improvement in this area as unnecessary? You might be surprised at the boost the right pointers or simply a bit of reflection could give you.

Picking out issues that might be ripe for you to work on a little more can be a matter of mentally going through the whole application process…

For example –


Are you looking in the right places?

Sites like ours help narrow things down if you're after hospitality jobs, but won't be much help if you want to be a fireman – sorry! Make sure you know what the best places to find jobs in the industry you want to work in are, as well as the places where more general vacancies are listed.

Are you going for the wrong jobs?

Roles that you're very under qualified for are unlikely to go to you at this stage. And it's sadly true that people are often deemed 'overqualified' for work they could easily do well, too. Choosing what to apply for with issues like this in mind can be is a part of job hunt success.

Are you applying enough?

We can sometimes think we're sending our CV out more than we actually are. Sometimes, and especially in some industries, it can take a lot of applications before you're likely to score a job. Remember though, that there's a balance to be struck between maintaining the quality of your applications and making a lot of them!

The application

CV design

CVs can be too long, too short or badly laid out. You don't need anything fancy but you do need to tick some boxes, such as keeping things neat.

CV contents

There's a tried and tested formula for what to include in your CV. And the order you express it in also plays a part – don't lead on your hobbies when this isn't one of the main things an employer is interested in, for example!


Are you dressing right?

In most cases, the interviewer isn't expecting an expert fashionista to walk through their door. But having a good grasp of the basics of smart dress is a must.

Are you preparing properly?

You might feel that if you head to an interview prep-free you'll feel calmer, and won't have made yourself nervous by revising.

But think about it, are you going to be able to answer questions more quickly if you've put the building blocks of the right answers to the front of your mind in the days leading up to your meeting? Yes, you are!


How do you come across?

A lot of interview advice looks at things like body language and how you speak. It's easy to feel that these things can't make as big a difference as the experts claim but picking out one or two tips could certainly improve your chances.

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