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Top Tips for your next Job Search

Bea Holland Sep 13, 2023

Searching for a new job at any time of the year can be time-consuming, and it can seem overwhelming. Where to start and how to start are normally the biggest questions for most people, here are our top tips to help you maximise your potential and find that next great opportunity.

Update your LinkedIn profile 

LinkedIn is arguably the “go-to” for most professionals when it comes to finding a new role, with 900 million members in 200 countries it is the world’s largest professional networking site. With LinkedIn being one of the primary resources for recruiters to source talent it’s important to keep your profile up to date. Think of your profile like an online CV, to get noticed the right way make sure your work history and achievements are up to date, skills and qualifications are listed and choose a professional headshot for your profile photo. 


Think about courses and qualifications to add something to your CV and make yours stand out from the competition. Here are some of our top providers to consider: 

Skill Up  - If you’re aged 18 and over and eligible to work in Northern Ireland, Skill Up provide a range of free accredited courses in digital skills, green technologies, healthcare and life sciences, advanced manufacturing and leadership and management they are not to be missed. Whether you’re a Software Developer wanting to upskill in AWS or an Engineer wanting to learn Hydrogen Energy Systems make sure and check them.

Open University  – Most people will have heard of the OU and their free resources are well worth considering, with free courses in areas such as Project Management, statistics and law as they can add some extra weight to your CV. 

Further Education Colleges – With seven Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland offering courses in everything from IT to Business to Finance and Engineering you’ll be sure to find something of interest and a mode of study to suit. 

Partner with a Recruiter 

Look for recruiters who specialise in your area of expertise. Working with a recruiter who is knowledgeable, experienced, respected and well-connected can make all the difference to the success rate of your search. At MCS Group we have deep relationships with top employers in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United States, our Recruiters will represent you in the right way and be advocates for you and your talent. Our team of experts will be there each step of the way with you from the point of application to helping with preparation for interviews and assisting with salary negotiations, we’ll have your interests at the core of what we do. 

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