Looking For Work? 5 Hints To Help You Find A JobPosted: 27th of April 2015 by
Whether you are looking for your first job, or seeking to move from one position to another, you will need to work at making the change happen. Of course, it is very unlikely that anyone will step forward and just offer you a job (although that can happen too!), so your best bet is to get out there and make it happen. However, you can waste a lot of time and effort unless you prepare for your job search and then make your efforts worthwhile. Effective job-hunting is a skill, but with these tips you can give yourself a better chance of making your move a success.
1. Get Prepared
Preparing yourself for your job-hunt is essential. Make sure your C.V. is updated with your most recent training, qualifications, and experience. You will need to adapt your C.V. to suit each role you are applying for, but by creating a strong basic template this will be easier to achieve when it comes time to apply for your dream job. As well as preparing your C.V. you should also work out how you will track your job-hunting efforts – recording when and where your applications were sent. This will prevent you applying for a role twice, while also allowing you to track your progress.
It is one thing to apply for jobs when you see them advertised, but not all openings make their way to online job-boards or your local newspaper. If there is a particular company that you would like to work for, send them a speculative job application to let them know of your interest. You may save them the time and money required to advertise a new job opening and allow yourself the first shot at landing the job! Make sure your covering letter and C.V really sells you at your best as someone they simply have to meet!
3. Change Your Approach
You may be having trouble finding that perfect job, so perhaps it is time to change your approach. Look at the regular job boards as usual, but also try registering with a recruitment agency and get them working for you too! Also check websites for companies you wouldn’t mind working for- many advertise their own vacancies online. Also don’t forget to check the printed press – the local newspaper may seem like an outdated way to find a job, but it still works! The more different ways you find to diversify your job search the more chance you have of succeeding.
4. Get On Social Media
Use social media tools like LinkedIn to broaden your search even further. Connect with influential people on Twitter and join appropriate Facebook groups too. Make sure your own social media profiles don’t contain anything embarrassing or likely to cost you a job offer, and remember that social media is also used to advertise openings. If nothing else, make sure you set your privacy settings so only your close friends can see your posts – employers will check!
5. Use Your Contacts
Let your friends and family know you are looking for a new job (but maybe not your existing work colleagues!). They may know of the perfect opportunity for you. There is nothing wrong with networking to find a new job, and if you draw a blank with family and friends, you can always try to make new connections at job fairs and industry events.
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