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How to Job Search: Some Tips to Make Your Job Search More Effective

How to Job Search: Some Tips to Make Your Job Search More Effective

There's lots of guidance around on how to job search. Some of it concentrates on writing a CV, some on how to access the hidden job market. This article looks at some practical tips to help you job search more effectively, increasing your chances of finding the job you're looking for.

1. Look at your job search as a marketing campaign.
Looking for a job can be a bit like selling yourself, so your approach to agents and prospective employers needs to be a bit like a marketing campaign, telling them why you're the person they need. Once you accept that this is the case, you have a better chance of making progress.

While you might prefer to believe that an employer will see the positive aspects of your application and experience, the sad truth is that this is rarely the case. You'll have to make your CV and application materials stand out, so they can be an effective advertisement for you.

2. Make sure you follow up at every opportunity.
This can't be stressed enough, and you'll see it said on many, many articles on TheJobWorx. If you've accepted that your job search is an advertising campaign, then you'll need to increase your exposure to employers. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to follow up on your job applications. While it's quite possible that some applications will not lend themselves to being followed up, you should make sure you follow up as many as you can. Make sure you don't overdo it though. No one is going to hire someone who just won't leave them alone.

3. Understand ALL of your options.
Take some time to look at your skills. Some of them will relate to specific job roles you've had in the past, but many will relate to a broad range of roles. These are transferrable skills and can help you look at other options during your job search, in different sectors or career directions. We'll be looking at transferrable skills in a separate article soon, so keep coming back.

4. Be patient.
The job search and application process can take time. You might be desperate to get a new job, but no amount of desperation on your part is going to make things happen more quickly. Instead of becoming frustrated, use the time available to you to look for jobs in areas that you may not have thought of originally, or take some time to brush up on interview skills. When you land that interview, you need to be prepared.

5. Do your research.
You'll have heard lots of advice about researching before an interview, but doing research on companies far earlier in the job search process is also advantageous. Look at what companies exist in the geographical area you want to work in, within the sectors that you know or want to move into. Figuring out who these companies are, what they do, and what they're up to, will help you see whether they are likely to be hiring soon, and if they are, will help you come across as more knowledgeable about their company and industry than other applicants.

6. Approach your job search like a job.
No one's saying that you should work 40 hours per week trying to get a job. This would be incredibly difficult and would likely take a toll on you as job searches often don't move quickly and you could easily start to feel discouraged at various times. You can, however, apply some of the discipline of working to your job search. For example, you could ensure you get up at a reasonable time in the morning and dress smartly, making you feel more confident and able to react to a short-notice opportunity or chance meeting. Set specific times in the day for job searching, filling in applications, networking online, or making follow-up calls.

There are many tips you can take note of to help make your job search more effective, but these are a few to get you started. Take a look through our job search articles to see what else might help.

Article Added: 04/02/2015

Posted By: Paul Docherty