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Five Great Job Search Tips

Five Great Job Search Tips

Here's five great job search tips to help you focus your efforts and make sure your job search is effective. There are so many great pieces of advice that we should all take notice of, it's impossible to fit them all into one page. So keep coming back and watch out for more lists of great tips.

1. Get organized.
This might be obvious given that it's the entire reason for TheJobWorx existing but it remains one of the single-most effective tips you'll ever get on job searching. Record all of your opportunities, whether they're online applications or offline CV hand-ins. Take each opportunity and organize what you're doing for it; everything from when you'll be writing the application to following up with the hiring manager or agent.
Knowing what you've got 'in play' and being able to access the right information relating to that opportunity instantly requires organization, and being organized lets you react quickly and effectively should you get the chance.

2. Create applications that are tailored to every opportunity.
When you submit a job application, never try a one-size-fits-all approach. Putting the same cover letter content and the same CV in for every job will undoubtedly result in very few interviews, if any. Putting the time into creating a tailored application for every opportunity will make sure you've submitted an application and CV that stands as good a chance of getting you that all-important interview as you can manage.
Look at the job ad and see how they've written it. What vocabulary have they used? What do these words mean for them? Then take your CV and your cover letter and make sure you demonstrate, using their words and highlighting the roles or skills they've described, that you understand what they're looking for and that this is exactly what they can expect from you.
Relate the objective of the role to your experience and give examples if you can, of where you successfully achieved what they're looking for, in a previous role.

3. Look for specialist job search websites.
The internet is a great resource for job seekers and specialist websites abound to help you find the role you're looking for in the sector of your choice. Whether it's a financial position, an engineering role or a hospitality trade job, find the specialist job boards relating to your sector.

4. Network, network, network.
This can't be said often enough. Finding a job can be all about who you know, and not always what you know or what you can do. While that may seem unfair, it doesn't mean it's any less true.
When you hear networking mentioned, you probably think of people in business suits in a room talking complex deals. While this can sometimes be what networking is about, you need to think about networking in your own context. What does it mean for you? It might mean you need to look up past colleagues and acquaintances to see what's happening out there. It can also mean keeping in touch with your friends and family, and letting your own social circle know that you're on the look-out for a job. Get in touch with the people you know already and let them know what you're doing, and what you're looking for. You just never know when one of them will hear a bit of information and think of you.

5. Understand what you're looking for.
Take some time to think about the type of job you want and the type of organisation you'd like to work with. This will help you focus on the jobs that might be the best 'fit'for you when you're deciding which jobs to apply for.
If you understand what you're looking for from an employer, there's a better chance you'll recognise the right job for you when you see the advert. You can also use the description you've come up to identify companies that you'd like to target, to find where they advertise their jobs, or get in touch in case they have unadvertised vacancies.

Article Added: 28/09/2014

Posted By: Paul Docherty