You have spent hours trawling through SEEK, MyCareer and Careerone only to feel like you are getting nowhere with your job search. To help you we have compiled the top 8 job hunting tips to help you get that job you are after…
- Make sure you have a cover letter
Cover letters do matter, no matter what you read. Your cover letter should include your experience, education and should be easily modified to address the skills in the job you are after. It is also an opportunity for you to show your communication skills and your understanding of the job and company.
- Keep Track of the jobs you apply for
Have you applied for a quite a few jobs and have lost track of which job goes with which company. To keep track of the jobs get an exercise book and when you apply for a job write down the job title, company name and contact details (if provided). This way if you do get a phone call you will be able to recall the position you applied for.
- Try Freelancing or working remotely
It is increasingly so that employers are now freelancing or hiring remote workers. Instead of having to relocate to another state, employers have realised with today’s technology that you don’t need to do this. It also gives you the opportunity to practice your skills and gain more experience.
- Target Companies you want to work for
Instead of waiting for jobs to be put up on the normal job boards, target companies you want to work for. You can do this by looking up the hiring manager on social media such as LinkedIn. By contacting the company directly will enable them to contact you when a position does become available.
- Register with local recruitment agencies
Most recruitment agencies now day’s will have a website which has a register function on it. This way they can email you details on any new positions that do come in. If they don’t have this then find an email and send them your CV or call them and ask how you can register with them. Sometimes if they have your CV already they will contact you when a new position comes in.
- Update your LinkedIn profile
If you have a LinkedIn profile then update it and make sure it has all your relevant experience and skills in it. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile I would suggest creating one. These day’s employers and recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates and if you have applied for a job they are sure to check out your profile. Having a LinkedIn profile that isn’t up to date can reflect badly on you.
- Consider Networking
When you start looking for a job let all your friends and family know and give them a copy of your CV. This way when they come across someone who is hiring or a position becomes available at their work they can recommend you. Also join some professional networking groups which can help you meet different people, a good website for this is meetup.com.
- Keep on applying!
Sometimes with all the rejection and constant applications you get down hearted and want to stop applying. But perseverance is key; whatever you do don’t stop applying!
Searching for a job is hard and but they key is to be organised and continue with your search. Pretty soon all that hard work will pay off and you will land your dream job.