Our top tips for finding your next bid management job

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Bid management jobs are becoming increasingly refined as more companies look to build out th...

Bid management jobs are becoming increasingly refined as more companies look to build out their bids and proposals teams. As a result, there are more candidates than ever before searching for new opportunities in the space. 

If you’re currently on the hunt for your next bid management job, there are a number of steps you can be taking in order to stand out from the crowd. In this article, we’ll be sharing our top tips for your next search and how you can secure the next role that will supercharge your career in bid management. 


Here are our five top tips for finding your next bid management job: 

  1. Leverage your network
  2. Tailor your CV and cover letter 
  3. Build your online presence 
  4. Brush up on your skills 
  5. Use a recruitment consultant 


1. Leverage your network 

As a Bid Manager, building your own professional network can be the key to progressing in your career. The bids and proposals skill sets are so niche that it’s important to be well-networked in order to find new opportunities to take your career to the next level. So, how do you do it? 

  • LinkedIn – sharing content on LinkedIn can be a great way to get you seen across multiple networks and make new connections within bid management 
  • Events – attending events, such as the APMP conferences, can be a great way to meet industry professionals face-to-face (say "hi” if you bump into a member of our team!) 
  • Old colleagues – if you’re not sure where to start networking or where to search for your next bid management job, speaking to old colleagues or managers can be a great start for recommendations 

2. Tailor your CV and cover letter 

As with any job search, it’s important to tailor your CV and cover letter to any and all bid management jobs that you’re applying for. Researching the company and team and tailoring your CV and cover letter to them specifically can really boost your prospects of interviewing. Hiring managers are specifically looking for detailed information related to the role they’re hiring for.  

Tailoring your CV and cover letter is a simple step that many candidates continue to underestimate the value of. As a result, it’s a really effective way to stand out from the crowd. So, how do you do it? 

  • Start with a strong summary – keep this short and snappy whilst highlighting your key achievements and qualifications 
  • Highlight relevant experience – clearly demonstrate your experience, using examples and show your impact on outcomes 
  • Showcase your skills – be specific around your top skills, considering what evidence you can provide to support them 

When writing your CV and cover letter, include numbers and data to demonstrate your impact where possible. Not only do numbers really stand out on a page, but also help quantify your achievements, giving hiring managers true insight into your role. 

Looking for further support with writing your CV? Or perhaps you’d like personal feedback on your application? Get in touch with our team specialist bid recruitment consultants for a no-strings-attached chat about your job search. 


3. Build your online presence 

Your digital footprint can really impact your job search – positively and negatively. Being aware of what you post online is always important to securing your next job opportunity. 

Outside of considering what you’re posting on social media, we would also recommend taking some time to optimise your LinkedIn profile. This is recruitment consultants’ main method of finding strong candidates to reach out to and put forward for bid management jobs. So, how do you do it? 

  • Clear profile picture where your face is clearly pictured 
  • Include keywords in your profile related to your role (e.g. “bid”“proposals”) and industry (e.g. “social housing”, "construction""Fit Out”) 
  • Connect with industry professionals 
  • Turn your profile into your portfolio by sharing your recent achievements and projects 


4. Brush up on your skills 

Offering unique skills can make all the difference in your next bid management job search as the field becomes more specialised and more competitive. Becoming certified by APMP, for instance, can really help you stand out from the crowd.  

We would recommend highlighting your unique skills and/or certifications that set you apart from others in your chosen field. If you’re a designer, highlight the software you use. For instance, do you specialise in Illustrator or InDesign? 


5. Use a specialist recruitment consultant 

Working with a specialist recruitment consultant to find your next bid management job can really expedite your search. Specialist bid management recruiters know your skill set and industry inside out and so are a key asset to your job search. But how do they do it?  

Here are five reasons how a recruitment consultant can support your next job search: 

  • Gain access to exclusive job opportunities that aren't publicly advertised 
  • Discuss industry insights, from the job market and industry trends to expected salary ranges 
  • Save time as recruiters handle the time-consuming aspects of job search, such as screening resumes and scheduling interviews 
  • Gain an inside perspective as recruiters know the hiring managers and can coach you on what to expect from your interview 
  • Receive expert advice on your job search, your CV, interview prep, and salary negotiation 


Searching for your next bid management job? We’ve got you covered! 

3Search is a specialist digital recruitment agency, with specialist recruitment consultants across bid management, marketing, product management and e-commerce. If you’re searching for your next bid management job, be sure to reach out to a member of our dedicated bid recruitment team. 

Or, if you’re searching for talent, upload your bid management job description and the team will be in touch with you. With over 500 Google reviews and a five-star rating, we’re delivering the best recruitment experience you will ever have.

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