Job hunting Tips

It can be quite a slog finding your next job. In an ever more competitive job market, you have to be prepared to put in quite a lot of work in order to land the job that you want. You can make things easy for yourself by planning your ‘assault’ by writing your plan down, including your goals, and explaining how you intend to achieve them. By being proactive you will feel positive about taking control of the situation.

1. Update your CV

Your CV may only spend a matter of seconds under a recruiter’s gaze before they find an excuse not to look at it any more. They always have many applications to look at, so don’t make it easy for them to cast your CV aside. The first thing to do is ensure that it is brief, no more than two pages. It should also be concise, listing your recent job history and relevant skills and qualifications. Spelling and grammar should be impeccable, and you might want to consider having a friend who’s good at that sort of thing to check for mistakes.

With each new job you apply for, try and tailor CV to it, showing how the experience and skills that you have acquired meet all of the requirements shown on it. If you can do this then you will make the job of the recruiter that much easier in selecting you for interview.

2. Prepare for Interview

An interview is your opportunity to back up what you have said on paper with a confident personality. If you are quite a nervous interviewee, then it will pay you to rehearse your answers beforehand. You can do this by checking on job listing sites for examples of typical questions, and then answering them to camera or in the presence of a helpful friend. The advantage of recording your responses in this way is that you will be able to review them later, and make adjustments to your performance if you can see where an answer is weak

Rehearsal is a great way to get over nerves and a great way to get used to the novelty of hearing your own voice. Once your confidence begins to grow, it will become less of an issue when you sit in the real interview, and you will find that you will be able to concentrate more on answering the questions, rather than your rapid breathing.

3. Research the Employer

It’s essential to research the company that you would like to work for, in part because this might help you to frame some of your answers to the interview questions more effectively, and also because it shows foresight and enthusiasm. Employers do want to see evidence of your skills and abilities, but they also want to know that you are someone who is enthusiastic about working for them. Let’s not forget that some of the other candidates may not remember to research what the business does, and some of its history, and if you can do this, you will stand out in a positive way amongst the sea of faces that a recruiter has to sit through during the course of the day.

4. Networking

Telling friends and family that you are looking for a job is not a sure-fire way to guarantee that they will bring employers knocking on your door, but it can certainly help. If there is even a slim chance that one of the companies that a friend or relative works at is looking for somebody, then you might get an informal interview on the basis of their recommendation.

If you have the time, another tack might be to offer your services free of charge as an intern for a while. Getting your face known in a company means you become known to them, and that you at least get something to put on your CV, and more to talk about at your next interview.

Even though there are no guarantees, the more people that you know, the more opportunities may arise for you to find work.

5. Stay Positive

Job hunting can sometimes be a thankless journey, but it is in your best interests to continue to believe that you will achieve your goal. Positivity is a valued character trait, and employers will be impressed if you can show your positive outlook at interview. A can-do attitude shows to them that you are the kind of person that can help their company in its endeavours. It’s not always easy to do this, but it could just help to land you the job if you do.

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