What Research Should You Do Before Applying for a Job?

If you are looking for a new job, there are a few simple things that you can do to ensure that you are getting your name out there and in the line of sight of recruitment agencies and employers. Looking for a new job is a difficult time, especially if you are currently out of work. In many ways, it should be treated like a job in itself, working on different aspects of your CV and job interview techniques, keeping up on industry news in the areas that you wish to work in, and just keeping positive and proactive in looking for a work. One area that you need to be well informed and precise with is the amount and type of research you put in when applying for a specific job.

Is there a specific thing you could and should be doing to research for the job application in question?

There are a few different areas you need to focus on when you spot a job vacancy that you are interested in, whether this is direct with the employer or through a recruitment agency. By performing as much research as possible in the following areas you can demonstrate to a prospective employer that you understand certain aspects of their industry, that you know what is expected of you and that you have been willing to work hard and go the extra mile to learn about them as a company (which can only impress).

The Role – The job role itself is the easiest part of the research as you would only apply for a role that you have some familiarity with in the first place. Before sending off an application you will have read all about the specific role and the tasks and responsibilities linked to it and the level of experience they require from a candidate. If you feel you have what it takes you can then go the extra mile by finding out how the interview process will work, when the date for applications ends, whether you will have to undertake tests alongside an interview etc. The more knowledge you have going into an interview, the better you can prepare and hopefully perform on the day.

The Company It is very important that you know as much about the company as possible before you apply for a job. How long has the company been open, what products and services do they sell, who are their competitors and what is the industry landscape looking like at the moment? Is the company an industry leader or is it growing at the moment? How many employees do they have currently? You can begin by looking at the company website and social media platform for bits of information that might come in handy.

Industry Knowledge You should have a knowledge of the industry that you can clearly demonstrate when in conversation with the people who are interviewing you for the role. This includes any latest developments and news that might impact that company and any regulations that might be important to the company and how it practices.

These are just three small ways in which you can prepare efficiently for a job interview. You should always use a specialist recruitment agency to help you find job vacancies that suit your profile.

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