Job search tips you can't afford to ignore


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Job search tips you can't afford to ignore


If you’re new to job hunting or you’re a little rusty as you haven’t had to do it for a while, fear not. Whilst there’s no set formula for how you should approach job hunting, we have compiled our list of top five job search tips you can’t afford to ignore. 

1. Be prepared
If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Give yourself the best possible start:

●    Make sure your CV is up to date. 
●    Include any relevant qualifications and remove any unnecessary information. 
●    Ensure your contact details are at the top of every page - assume your CV will get separated at some point; you want anyone reading it to know that the various pages belong together. 
●    Include your name, phone number and a suitable email address. That may mean you have to create a new email address, specifically for job hunting, but think, who is going to take you seriously when your email address is the same one you’ve had since you were 16 and thought was a good idea. 

2. Treat job hunting like a job in itself
Don’t dabble at it, either job hunt seriously or expect to get left with the crumbs. Finding a job isn’t as simple as sending out a wad of generic CVs and waiting for your dream job to fall into your lap. You have to approach job hunting as a full-time occupation:

●    Set aside time each day to find suitable jobs and apply to them. 
●    Follow up on job applications you have already made. 
●    Update your LinkedIn profile. 
●    Find people in the industry via LinkedIn or see if you have connections in common who can introduce you. 
●    Make sure you’re networking and aim to meet at least three people per week who can point you in the direction you wish to go, or at least put you in touch with someone who can help you. 
●    Set aside time each week to work on your transferable skills. 
●    Sign up to industry publications and make sure you stay on top of current trends. 

The more you can immerse yourself in the environment you want to get into, the more knowledgeable about it you will become. Plus it will set you apart from other potential candidates as someone who isn’t just keen to get a job, but someone who is keen to get a job in this particular industry and is actively working towards achieving that goal. 

3. Don’t wait for a job opening
If you know that you want to work for a certain company or in a certain position within an industry, find out who the key decision makers are and proactively send them your CV and a cover letter. Explain why you want to work for them and detail the benefits you will bring to the company. 

At worst they can tell you they aren’t recruiting right now, but they'll hold your details on file. At best they will invite you in for an informal chat to find out more about you. Never be backwards in coming forwards. You’re the only person in charge of your career, so make sure you set yourself up well. 

4. Don’t include unexplained gaps in your work history
If you’re going through an extended period of unemployment, make sure you’re doing something relevant to fill your time and to keep your foot in the door. Whether you volunteer, work part-time or build up your key skills with education or training, make sure you can demonstrate that you aren’t sitting around idly, twiddling your thumbs, waiting for life to happen to you. 

5. Think outside of the job search box
If you’re looking for jobs on a jobs board, so are all of your competitors. Get creative with ways to get your foot in the door. Anything that can make you stand out or set you apart from the other candidates is going to work in your favour:

●    Apply proactively for positions.
●    Become an expert or a go-to figure in your field.
●    Start a blog specific to the industry you are trying to break into. 
●    Give a talk at an industry-specific conference and get your name and face known. 
●    See if you have connections to hiring decision makers and try and get an introduction.

Finally, job hunting is about perseverance. Just because one door doesn’t open for you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try the others. Don’t give up; you’re just getting started. 

This article has been supplied by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

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