Do you need help in finding a new job? Or are you just not sure where to look?
Looking for a new job is a full-time job in itself. The best advice I can give is to allocate time to search, make a list of the different places to look, and keep notes!
In the meantime read these top ten tips on how to find that new job below.
1. Establish exactly what type of role you are looking for
Before starting your job search, take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing.
What do you enjoy best and what’s most important to you? Is it the company, the job title, your actual role, money, promotion, the work itself, location, or company culture?
2. Draw up a list of the companies you would like to work for
Start by doing some research into companies that interest you. Check out their websites and social media pages. You can even look at reviews and testimonials on their website and Google Plus too.
Ask friends and family and people you know who have worked for them too.
3. Tailor your CV to each job
One of the best tips I can give is to make sure your CV has enough content and information on the roles you did.
Take time to think of what you achieved and include this, as well as providing a profile summary.
Make it interesting and make sure you get someone to proof read it!
Answer this question: would you employ you on the basis of your own CV?
4. Create a LinkedIn profile
If you are looking for a professional job or a career, make sure you create a LinkedIn profile.
If you are not sure how to do it, ask for help.
Most recruiters, including me, use LinkedIn, and if you’re a professional, you need to be using LinkedIn to your full advantage. It’s a great tool for finding a new job and networking as well as making new connections.
5. Keep notes!
Make sure you keep notes of all the jobs and companies you apply to, as well as where you saw the job advert.
Keep an eye out for closing dates so you don’t miss the deadline too.
6. Use your network of contacts
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from friends, family and business contacts.
If you don’t ask, you won’t get!
A lot of jobs are filled by referrals and word of mouth. Therefore, a large and strong network of contacts, people who know you and want to help you uncover job leads, will result in more job opportunities.
If you can network in person and online this will help your success in your job search.
7. The early bird catches the worm
Always apply early and don’t wait until the last minute for the closing date.
Get your application in early as companies can start interviewing before the closing date finishes.
Also always take the first available interview slot you are offered, ideally in the morning or the start of the week, and try to avoid a Friday if possible.
8. Set yourself daily goals
Set yourself daily goals for completing job applications or searching for a new role to apply for.
It takes a great deal of time and effort to find a new job. In a long job search, it’s easy to get discouraged and distracted, but by focusing on achieving daily goals you can motivate yourself, while also building a foundation for success.
9. Prepare for interviews
Check out what type of interview it will be.
Is it competency based or just a “general chat”? (Check out my recent blog on competency-based interviews).
This is really important because if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail: this is so true, preparation is key. Carry out research on the company, dress appropriately, also allow yourself extra time travelling and know where you are going.
10. Follow up!
Don’t be afraid to reach out and follow up. That way the company knows you are interested.
Following up with the hiring manager regularly shows your interest and enthusiasm for the job.
And finally, don’t give up. It may take time so be patient.
The reality is that it might take months to find the right opportunity and get offered the position but things will work out so don’t give up!
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