Looking for a new job? Here are some top tips to consider when taking on the job search process.
This is the most obvious step to take when it comes to job searching. Remember, you don’t just want your resume to be current, you want it to be relevant. Tailor make your CV to suit the specific role you are looking for so that your recruiter can align your skills to the job you are looking for. With each job that you apply for, you may want to make small changes or tweaks to your resume. This kind of close attention to detail is completely worth it, this is how you find the job of your dreams.
Make sure to let your personality shine through your CV. Highlight your unique skills and personal experiences, and add some visuals for a touch of creativity. But always remember, when designing your CV, make sure that the colours, fonts, and layout is appropriate to your industry.
Optimise your online CV with certain keywords associated with job searches in your industry so that search engines notice your CV, and place it on the top of the search results. If you are not sure of keywords to make use of, do some research. Googles keyword tool will help you identify the phrases and terms related to the job you are looking for.
You can also search for your chosen keywords on LinkedIn and see what appears. If these particular keywords bring up job descriptions that suit what you are looking for, then you know that those are the keywords to include in your CV.
What exactly is a personal brand? This includes your CV as well as your digital footprint. You need to consider what your online presence looks like. How do people perceive you online, and how do you want them to see you? This comes down to your personal online profiles. Begin by looking at your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your profile is current, just like your CV. Ask your former or current colleagues and clients to write recommendations for you and endorse you for your skills.
Then you need to consider your other online platforms. Do you have a personal website or online portfolio? Is your Facebook profile public or private? Make sure that the information you have put out there is consistent with your personal brand. Use your social media to your advantage by connecting with industry influencers, posting thought-leader articles and interacting with online pages related to your field. Potential employees will search for you online, so make sure that you use your social media platforms strategically.
Networking is key in any industry, and when it comes to a successful job search. By putting yourself out there, and making people aware that you are looking for opportunities, an opportunity is bound to come your way.
Ask for advice from people in your industry or from people who recently changed jobs. This insight will help you when it comes to landing a new position.
You also need to find the right recruiter! A recruiter experienced in your industry will assist you in streamlining your job search and help you uncover opportunities you may not find on your own.
Set particular goals, stay organised and be prepared for some pitfalls. By doing this you minimise your frustration and stress levels, and you keep yourself on track when finding a new job. Always be consistent in applying for positions – and following up with recruiters to make sure to keep the ball rolling.
Searching for a job can quickly become all consuming, so decide how much time you want to dedicate to it every day/week. By taking a strategic approach, and setting daily goals, you will feel accomplished and still have time for a life outside of your job search. By still having time for your hobbies, you are minimising your stress levels.
When it comes to interviewing for a job, preparation breeds confidence. Practice how you will answer certain questions and have a few anecdotes as examples of how you have used your skills and why you are the best person for the job at hand.
Masterskill offers courses to help prepare you for the job search.
• CCT-208-S: Strategic Resumes: Writing for results (1st Edition) – Student Guide
• CCT-207-S: Designing Creative Resumes (1st Edition) – Student Guide