Top Tips for an Effective Job Search
Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers
If you are looking to kickstart your career or need a job to get by or fund training, then there are a number of things you can do to carry out an effective job search.
How you look, act and speak is very important for helping to create a great first impression. Hiring managers make a decision about whether to hire you within the first 30 seconds of meeting you so it is really important you look the part.
Wear smart shoes, a smart dress for girls or suit for boys, ensure you have brushed your hair and your clothes are completely clean. You don't want to lose out on a job you want because you failed to follow this advice.
Follow up on any leads you find. You don’t know you might meet who could turn into a potential job opportunity, even if not now, maybe in the future. if you get interviewed but are unsuccessful don’t burn bridges. It’s important that you thank them for their time anyway, try to get feedback on areas for improvement and check back with them in a couple of months to find out if any other jobs appear in the future.
Always be on time for the interview. Allow extra time to get there in case you get lost or going by public transport and there might be the possibility of delays.
Ideally you should arrive 10-15 minutes early, this will also allow you time to relax and check your physical appearance. Remember, being late for an interview leaves a very sour taste in the interviewer’s mouth: if you can’t be punctual for interview, will you come to work on time?
Periodically attend events such as job fairs to find out about new opportunities. You will get to meet a range of employers to find out about jobs in your area. You can also share your ideas about job searching with other people you meet
It’s important to keep a note of jobs you have been applying for so that when you get the call, you know what the recruiter is talking about.
The recruiter might ask you why you are applying for the chosen role, so make a note of these things. This will help you to succeed if a spontaneous phone interview occurs.
Explore your passion, find out your direction and take action to create a career that leaves you energized and excited. You will be able to put in more enthusiasm into your job search if you have clear goals and it is something you truly want to do.
Say Thank You
Try to send your note within 24-48 hours of your interview or meeting. The note may be handwritten or emailed, and should just include some brief information about why you make a good candidate for the role.
Proofread your CV
Write it, check it, rewrite it, get others to check it, tweak it. Make the time to get it right. It may sound trivial but a single spelling mistake could cost you your one and only shot!
Don't Give Up
Job searching is never easy. it’s even harder when the job market is difficult; so persevere, stay determined and eventually you will achieve success. Stay positive and you will get there in the end.