Job Hunting? 5 Top Tips To Help You Find WorkPosted: 20th of August 2015 by
Looking for a job can seem like work in itself. Writing and sending applications, while staying motivated and waiting for interviews can be tough. Ideally, you want to spend less time looking for work and more time actually landing that dream job, pursuing your career, and earning some money! So how can you maximise your chances of getting noticed and at least invited in to interview, rather than just sending endless applications out into what seems like a black hole? Here are five top job-seeking tips that may just make the difference!
- Follow Your Passion
You may feel under pressure to just find any job whatsoever, but don’t let that cloud your passion. If you can apply for jobs that you actually might want to do, or at companies you want to work at, then you will stand a better chance of getting the job. You will stand out in your covering letter as being interested in the role, making you more desirable to the employer than someone who is just applying for the sake of it. In fact, being passionate about the job will also help you in interview – even better if there is a connection between the job and things you actually like to do in your free time!
- Show Your Worth
It is not enough just to be passionate about something – you also need to show how you can add value to the company or business you are working for. How would the employer benefit by hiring you over the other candidates? Once you know what value you offer make sure to mention it on your C.V., covering letter, and interview. Remember, you are trying to sell yourself, so try to come up with ways in which your skills, experience, knowledge, or education have a direct bearing on the job you are going for. Targeting your skills to the job will help you stand out.
- Be Unique
There is nobody else like you in the world, so sell yourself a little more than the regular talk of being punctual, reliable, and good at working with others. Stay professional but remember that a company is hiring you as a person, not just a set of qualifications. Have you done a gap year, or anything else that may make you stand out a little and pique the interest of the employer enough to call you to interview? Don’t worry if not, you can use your covering letter to show a little of your personality rather than just the list of facts on your C.V.
- Make Connections
It may sound like a cliché, but there is nothing like making connections to help you find a job. Speaking with friends and family can offer up openings at companies – sometimes even before they are advertised. However, it isn’t just about asking for work, by speaking with others in the area or company where you would like to work you can gain information and knowledge. Use LinkedIn to connect with people and there is a chance they may remember you when your C.V. turns up – even if just enough to give it a second look.
- Stay Positive
This could have been the first thing on this list as it is integral to a successful job-search. Stay positive about your job-seeking and optimistic that the right chance will come up for you soon. Avoid negative talk where you can, it won’t get you anything but a lack of motivation. Companies are always looking for staff – so why shouldn’t it be you?
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