How to Find the Perfect Job – Expert Job Hunting Advice

Posted on 2016-02-22 by Ri Web

Feeling fed up, beaten down and unmotivated?

If the answer’s yes, it’s high time you spruce up your CV, write a phenomenal cover letter and get yourself a new career…

If only it were that simple!

Here at Dovetail, we understand that not everyone knows what their dream job is, so we’ve created some expert advice on how to find your ideal job.


What’s perfect for you may not be perfect for someone else.

When searching for a new career, a good starting place is to think about what gets you out of bed every morning. List down what you are passionate about both in, and outside of work. There’s no better feeling than getting paid to do something you love. Whether it’s saving the environment, creating the latest computer program or just simply making people smile – there’s a perfect job out there for everyone.


Write a wish list

Now you’ve identified what gets you ticking, it’s time to think about what it is you want from a job. Think back to your previous jobs, what did you like and dislike about them? What got you motivated and more importantly what made you demotivated. Are you seeking a challenge? Part time hours? An employee bonus scheme? Whatever it is, it’s important not to forget when reading job descriptions.

Write a wish list of the top 10-15 elements your dream job has. When sifting through job descriptions, don’t settle for anything that meets less than half of the points on your list.


When looking at jobs, don’t be swayed by the salary.

Think about what means more to you, is it money or is it happiness? If you’re reading this article my guess is happiness. Bear in mind that the happier you are in your job, the better your output will be, which will increase your chance of getting that pay rise.


Think beyond the title.

When you first meet your recruitment agent, don’t limit yourself to just one job title. Instead, come in with a list of key elements you are looking for and allow us to make creative suggestions based on them.


Speak to a Recruitment Advisor

Sure you could use all this information to fill out online career tests and online personality tests which will spit out generic answers. Or, you could speak to a recruitment advisor who suggest avenues you might never have thought of.
Coming to us armed with information about what you like and dislike and what your interests are will aid us in finding the ideal job for you. We work with a range of reputable companies not just in Berkshire, but around the world.

Our Newbury based recruitment team are happy to advise you over the phone or in person. Once we have identified the right career path for you, we will help you with every step of the application process; from creating a CV, to interview preparation.

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Business Development Manager – for SeeBrilliance

Grosvenor Services

“We have always had very good results working with the Dovetail team. There has always been consistent attention to detail and flexibility in assisting us with key hires.“

HR Director– for Grosvenor Services.


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meeting our crazy deadlines on both temporary and permanent recruitment“

Meirion Anderson, MD - Aberley


“Dovetail have always been the ‘go to’ company for reliable trained resource. They have consistently provided quality staff even when the timescales have been tight. Great company”

Director – for Wherewework


“I have been working with Dovetail since 2005, every time my career path has altered, Dovetail have been my constant always taking them with me where ever I have worked. They provide a first class service and quality staff on whom myself and my business can rely. If you’re looking for Service with a capital “S” you will find it in abundance here”

Director – for Wherewework

Parkway Shopping Centre

“I have been using Dovetail for just over a year and can honestly say they are always helpful and proactive in finding the RIGHT staff for my site. Their staff are friendly and professional and always follow up calls as quickly as one would wish them to”

Site Cleaning Manager – for Parkway Shopping Centre

Fidelity Energy

“Dovetail have been hugely supportive in helping us to expand our team and are always at the end of the phone. Nothing is too much trouble and they continue to provide us with excellent candidates who have been carefully matched with our individual requirements. I’d have no hesitation in recommending their services and really appreciate the friendly and professional way in which they conduct their business.”

Manager Director – for Fidelity Energy

Dovetail Candidiate

“One of the unique benefits of working with Dovetail has been the practical contact it’s afforded me within many high-profile office environments for a variety of global brands. Being able to work so closely with teams that hold themselves to a golden standard and learning about the different ways they work is valuable experience you don’t really get at university. But it’s more than that – it’s also about people and relationships and trust and team-building and the team at Dovetail is, hands down, the most warm, dynamic, and professional team I’ve ever worked with.”

Candidiate – London

Citrix Systems

“Dovetail have provided contingent labour sourcing and payrolling to Citrix across Europe and the Middle East for several years. Their key strengths include:
Flexibility – adapting to the needs of Citrix as the organisation grows.
Engagement – willing to assist Citrix expanding into new geographies and markets.
Readiness – always available to answer questions and provide information on contracts through a single point of contact.
Integration – willing to share and adopt best practice developed between us.
Dovetail consistently outperform agreed service levels. They are dedicated to helping their customers build robust processes to manage temporary resources. They form a key part of our contingent labour strategy in EMEA, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. ”

Tom Dance, Manager – Procurement Systems Training & Communications for Citrix Systems

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