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10 Tips to help your Job hunt

10 Tips to help your Job hunt


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18/05/2021

The whole process of finding a new job can be overwhelming and it is in itself a full-time job. There is a lot of preparation involved and it can be disheartening if you feel you are applying for jobs but just not getting anywhere. You may have reached that point where you do not know what to do next but there are some simple steps and actions to help you with a more effective job search and this will in turn also help you to boost your confidence.


These are 10 simple steps to help you to make the best of your job search.

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Career Goals


What are your short and long term career goals?  It is useful to set goals and map out the steps to take to help you achieve these goals.  You need to think about what motivates you, your strengths, and the types of industries you are interested in working in.  

Your Resume


Ensure your experience and skills are up to date.  This is a simple task if you do this regularly and it can be a daunting task when you have not done it in a while.  It is best to keep your resume simple and not too distracting.  If you are struggling to know where to start, there are many free resume templates available online.

Online Profile


Maximise your potential with your online presence.  Most recruiters and employers will use LinkedIn, Seek and other job boards to search for potential employees, so ensure that your profile stands out.

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References


When you start to apply for jobs, it is a good idea to think about who your referees will be.  Get in touch with your referees to let them know that you are actively applying for jobs and ask if they are happy to vouch for you.  Ensure you have their up-to-date contact details. 

Cover Letter


A well written cover letter can increase your chances of being selected for an interview.  A cover letter should be a snapshot of your skills, experience, and qualifications and how they relate to the job you are applying for.    

Research Job Interview Styles and Questions


Most people are nervous when it comes to job interviews, but it can boost your confidence if you do some research and think about the questions you will be asked, most interviews will include behavioural style questions.  You may find that you struggle to give concise answers to questions.  The STAR method framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result) will help you to prepare clear and concise answers using real life examples. 

Utilise Your Network


Use this time to connect and reconnect with people.  Networking is one of the most powerful ways to find out about job opportunities. 

Reach Out To Recruitment Agencies


Connect with recruiters who work in your industry, they will work with clients who will have opportunities matching your requirements.  Recruitment agencies can also offer interview skills and coaching and provide tips to help you improve on your resume.

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Contact Business Directly


You may have the ideal job or company in mind, so it is worth contacting them directly.  You can express your interest in why you want to work there and ask about job opportunities. 

Volunteering


This is a great way to contribute to the community and is an excellent way to gain new skills and make new connections. 

 

Searching for a job can be a lengthy process, and at times it can be overwhelming and soul destroying.  These practical tips can help you strengthen your approach, boost your confidence, and get you on track to landing that next job. Broadening your job search to include different activities can help, but it is also important to be patient with the process and go easy on yourself. It is important to allow time in your day for a break and catch up with friends and family or taking time out for the things you enjoy. 

 

Written By
Martine Greenough

 



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