Job search tips Guide to getting started
Job search tips Guide to getting started
When you are looking for a job you already know exactly what you want. But if you’re not 100% sure, you can narrow down your search by thinking about the sector, the salary and the location you want to work in and make yourself a set of search criteria. Remember though, this set of criteria could change, and you should be open to other opportunities; don’t get hung up on the job title and be sure to read each job description in detail before you decide whether or not to apply for the vacancy. Here are some tips for you to get a job
Perfect your CV and cover letter
Making your CV and cover letter right is a crucial part of your job search, as these are the two things that make your search possible and they will give recruiters their first impression of you. If you get these done well at the beginning of your search, you’ll always be ready to apply for your ideal job.
Making sure you ‘search smart’ could save you a lot of time, make you feel more organised, and result in a more effective job search. It can be tempting to apply for every job you see that vaguely matches your job title or description, especially in an attempt to feel like you’ve been productive. But you should avoid doing this and instead make sure that you take your time to read each job description carefully, and even do some research into the company to see if you think you’d enjoy working there.
Use social media
Social media can be a great tool for your job search. Many companies use sites like LinkedIn and Twitter to post their vacancies online, meaning you can follow your favorite brands or recruiters, and see their most recent job posts as soon as they go live. It’s important to remember to keep your profile recruiter friendly, as potential employers may do an online search for you before
they meet you. Delete any content you think could be deemed as inappropriate and if you can, make your profile private.
Find hidden vacancies
Don’t neglect doing things the old fashioned way. Networking doesn’t just extend as far as social media sites; talk to people you know and see if they have, or know of any suitable vacancies for you. You could even approach companies yourself by printing off your CV and handing them out in person. This way
you could end up finding hidden vacancies or roles that may not have been posted online.
While you’re searching for a job you should be using your free time wisely to continuing learning and enhancing your CV. There are lots of training opportunities that you can take part in, or you could work on strengthening your existing knowledge or skills. Another helpful thing to do whilst job searching is to find some work experience or volunteer work if you have the time. Doing this not only enhances your skills but it also reduces any gaps on your CV and shows recruiters that you’re remaining proactive. If you do gain any qualifications or get any other type of work experience during your job search, be sure to update this on your CV. Work experience or learning new skills could also open up new opportunities and ideas – this may even change your original search and you mightfind a new and exciting career path.
Don’t burn out
When it comes to applying for jobs it can sometimes feel like you should put a rush on your search and apply for as many roles as you can, as quickly as you can – don’t fall into this trap. Dedicate your most productive hours of the day to job searching, and be careful you don’t burn yourself out by staying glued to your computer. Try to keep a good balance, and utilise the rest of your free time by doing additional training or taking up a new sport or hobby – these are things that are going to contribute not just to your CV and job search, but your overall well-being.
During your job search, a big part of staying effective is staying organised. Make sure you’re keeping track of all the jobs you apply to; keep note of the title, location and maybe even keep tabs on the exact job spec if you can. This way, if you hear back about a role, you won’t have to dig through a pile of applications or scour the web trying to find the original post – you’ll have all the information you need.
Another part of staying organised is keeping your CV and cover letters up to date. If you’re continuing to learn during your job search then it’s possible you’ll be adding new skills or qualifications as you go. It’s important to have an up-to-date CV ready to go at all times in case a great opportunity presents itself – you should even carry some printed copies of your CV with you when you’re out and about
Staying positive during your job search can be tough, especially if you’ve been on the search for a long time. Try to remain positive even when things seem slow; focus on things like updating
your skills and perfecting your interview techniques so you can still feel positive and productive even as you continue to search for a job. It’s also important that you don’t let interview rejection get you down. If you’ve been for an interview (or possibly a few) and not got the job, use the experience as an opportunity to learn and practice. The job market can be competitive and although it can be difficult, you should try not to take it personally if you’re passed over for a job.
Listen to others
If you’re informed that your application hasn’t been successful, or you went to an interview but didn’t get the job, be sure to request feedback. Whether it’s your CV, cover letter, or interview techniques that need work (or it could just be that you were up against more qualified candidates) getting feedback can help you to begin improving these weaker areas
Once you’ve written your CV and cover letter, have someone else read over it and see if they can offer you any advice or notice any silly mistakes. When you’ve read and re-read something so many times, it’s easy to become detached from it and end up simply skimming the text; a fresh pair of eyes could be just what you need to make sure your CV and cover letter are perfect!
Job searches can sometimes feel like a full time job in themselves so try to remain positive and keep organised to maximise your search. Whilst you look, continue learning so you can always be updating your skills, and be sure to make the most of all the tools out there (social media, job sites etc.) – good luck!