How to Simplify Your Job Hunt in a Few Basic Steps
Updated: Jan 25
Searching for the right job has never been easy. After all, it depends on what you’re looking for. Are you in search of a new challenge? Are you looking for the next steppingstone in your career journey? Maybe you’re looking for a simple stopgap. Regardless, there are a few ways you can really help to water and filter down your job hunting.
Get Yourself in Order
The best thing you can do right away when it comes to any kind of job hunting mission is, of course, to prepare well. This means more than just lining yourself up for the right positions.
You should look for jobs that are ideal fits for your skills and temperament. Even if you’re desperate to quit your current job, you shouldn’t be throwing yourself into just about everything.
You need to think carefully about the jobs and companies you actually want to work with. Look carefully at roles you may be interested in and filter out those which simply don’t fit your profile
Sort out your CV. Your CV and cover letters are going to be your keys to the new job your desperately want. Therefore, why waste everyone’s time by sending out a poorly-written resume? It can help massively to ask for help from a professional CV writer so you know you’re approaching companies with your best side.
Make sure your online presence is airtight and searchable. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Can your references be easily reached?
Applying for jobs can actually be the tricky part. Once you’ve applied for a job, it might feel as though you’ve done everything you need to. However, that’s far from likely to be the case.
Tailor your CV and cover letter to every role you apply to. Show that you are genuinely interested. Show a recruiter that you are passionate about the role and industry offering up, and that you would relish the chance to get on board.
You should then follow-up with a company a few days after the date for applications closes. This isn’t being pushy or picky! By following up after the closing date, you’re showing recruiters and companies that you mean business. All good companies should get back in touch to let you know how you have fared either way. However, to avoid the annoying ‘many applicants’ excuse, you should ask for progress on your application, and if you’re unsuccessful, useful feedback.
You should also be willing to test your application technique with your network. LinkedIn is a great place to start testing the water.
Getting the Job
This is the best part – naturally – but you still need to be careful. Preparing for an interview deserves its own column and guide. However, the simple rules are that you should follow dress code, be courteous, and ask interviewers questions at the end of the process!
Then, if there is room for negotiation – if you are offered a job – proceed carefully. Don’t get greedy – but research your market. Are you getting a good deal?
In any case, it all starts with a great CV. Why apply for jobs at all if it’s just not up to scratch?
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