When you are looking for a new role, you need to be job ready. You know how to write a good resume, and you know what to wear for your interview – these are the easy parts. Finding the jobs to apply for and getting your name out there is the hardest.
Here are my top 5 job hunting tips to help you get started.
1. Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for
Recruiters and hiring managers will be able to tell when you have copied CV and job application covering letter from another job. It will be even more apparent if you have been applying for jobs in a different field and your professional resume doesn’t fit the role you are applying for.
Make sure you change up your cover letter to fit the specifications of the role you are looking at. Telling HR you are professional and reliable, when they are looking for someone with originality and flair isn’t going to do you any favours.
2. Don’t rely on job sites alone
Using the network you have built up over the years is about to come into its own. Picking up the phone and hitting up your contacts is still a great way to find a new job. Yeah, it might be awkward if you haven’t spoken to them in a while and you might find it a bit uncomfortable about asking them about a job.
But be bold and have no shame – if you don’t ask, you don’t get right? It’s better to be up front about it rather than posing you’re out of the blue call as a ‘catch up.’ Just tell them straight you are looking for a job and you would appreciate their help with it.
3. Don’t lose hope
If you haven’t been called for an interview and got the first job you have applied for, don’t get disheartened. There will be an incredible number of candidates applying for the same job as you, and it’s a numbers game these days.
The more jobs you apply for, the more calls back you will get. Keep on trucking even if you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Sometimes companies take ages to call you back. You will probably find you will have nothing for a while, then be inundated with calls and interviews.
4. Keep an eye on your social media
Have a clean-up of your social media pages; get rid of anything you think might offend a potential employer.
Like if you are applying for a job at Samsung, get rid of last month’s Facebook rant about how Apple is so much better. Also, make sure your LinkedIn page is up to date. Fill in all your employment history and change your profile to show you are looking for a job.
Update your tagline to show you are looking for a new role; include phrases like ‘seeking opportunities’ or ‘looking for a new role’. This makes it clear for any recruiter using LinkedIn that you are available.
5. Be prepared
Make sure you are ready for an interview at the drop of a hat. Have a job interview outfit ready (or even a few) and make sure your schedule is nice and clear so you can up and go. Have copies of your CV and cover letter printed and your pens and notepaper ready in a neat folder.
Making sure you are prepared will make the process a whole lot less stressful and if you are more relaxed, you will interview better.