Job Searching Basics
Putting in strategies when job searching is a must, to make sure you keep on top of new job opportunities that match what you are looking for and that you remain in the forefront or employers and recruiters minds when they are looking for job seekers.
Schedule Search Time
- You need to invest time and energy looking for suitable positions every day, researching across a variety of platforms
- Search online, consult with agencies, use social media set fixed time aside dedicated to keeping up your search
- Speak to and email your contacts and former co-workers and take advantage of social media
- More and more businesses and professionals are active on sites such as LinkedIn which gives you the opportunity to gain new contacts and promote yourself
Work on your CV
- Your CV is your most important self-promotional tool and gives you the opportunity to sell yourself
- Make sure you spend time working on detailing your skills, qualifications, achievements and employment history
- Tailor your CV for each job application, the extra work you put in can really pay off. By drafting one master CV and spending time tweaking it before applying to a job, you can highlight your key skills and experience the recruiter is looking for in that role
- Simple things such as grammar and spelling are often overlooked
- Double check everything and get someone else to proofread it for you!
Study the Job Description
- Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description?
- Add information that details skills and duties you have been responsible for and make sure you showcase your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to the role
Create a Contact List
- Write a list of all the companies, recruitment agencies and job boards you have contacted and document the date you sent your CV, who you spoke to and the response you get
- Make follow up calls or send emails to ask for updates on your application
- When you make a list of all the companies you want to work for, on a regular basis, check the vacancies section on their websites as some companies only advertise job vacancies on their own websites
Say Thank You
- Consider crafting a thank you note for each interviewer following a response to your email or interview
- The speed with which you sent the notes and the quality, really can make an impact