Whether you fancy a change within the lift & escalator industry; you have unfortunately been made redundant recently, or you are looking at roles after gaining your qualifications, knowing how to kick start your job search in the lift industry can be a daunting task, but it shouldn't.
To kick off the job search in the best way, it is important that you have a clear strategy which clarifies what you want and the best way to get there. Your strategy should include the following:
1. Identify exactly what lift role you want and what you need to get it
It may seem simple but just knowing what role you want and what is required of the role is what you should start with when starting your job search. An NVQ level 3 is now becoming more of a mandatory requirement for most lift companies. However, if you haven't got your NVQ level 3, don't worry, companies may offer the training or you can still try approaching smaller lift and escalator firms who sometimes don't insist on this qualification.
2. Update and perféct your CV
Once you know what is required of you, you then need to showcase how you can do this through your CV. When thinking about how to write your CV, Rebecca Corfield, author of Knockout Job Presentations says that you need to "Be unforgettable for the right reasons. Impact comes from strong words, having a clear and logical layout, and detail about what makes you special." Doing this will help you stand out from other candidates and help to put you at the top of the pile.
3. Look to expand your lift industry knowledge
You need to show a willingness to expand your knowledge and skill sets. Improving these allows you to be able to complete more tasks, take on jobs which require a greater skill level and also teach others which all help to make you more employable.
4. Network like crazy!
Networking is an essential part for when you are undertaking your job search. This can be as simple as speaking to someone who you used to work with to find out if there are any roles at where they work now. In general, 55% of jobs in normal markets are filled through some level of personal contact. However, the lift industry is a tight network where everybody tends to know everybody, making having an emphasis on networking even more important.
5. Optimise your best hours
Finally, you need to use your time wisely. Spending all of your time job hunting can be very draining and can leave you feeling fairly unmotivated, so it is usually best practice to search in short bursts. This could time such as a couple of hours in the evening during downtime, or during the weekend when you can focus a bit more.
Fancy a chat with a specialist lift & escalator recruitment consultant? Contact Lindsey today on 0116 254 5411 or email Lindseyb@precisionrecruitment.co.uk.