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5 Practical Ways to Improve Your Job Search

5 Practical Ways to Improve Your Job Search

There's no shortage of great tips for jobseekers out there. Just a quick web search will uncover a host of great advice, but not alll of it is actually actionable. Being told to create the job and schmooze a company into hiring you is probably sound advice, but only for about 1% of the people looking for work - if that.

When you're faced with the often herculean task of finding a new job, you need real practical advice that's going to work for you. So we've taken a look around and put together our own list of real, practical advice that any jobseeker can do and isn't pie-in-the-sky.

1. Network, network, network.

OK, you're fed up hearing about how much you should network, but no amount of hating the idea will make it any less effective. Networking works. Period. Networking can be done in the most unlikely of places. You can network by talking to friends and relatives about your job search. You can network by contacting old colleagues and letting them know you're available. You can network by signing up for discussion forums in your line of work online and letting people know you have skills and knowledge to offer, and that you're looking for work.

2. Make it possible for employers to come to you.

Sounds great, doesn't it? Sit back and relax, while employers knock your door down. The reality is somewhat different. Very few employers are actually out trawling for your CV themselves, but many do engage people like recruitment consultants to do it. Make sure your CV is uploaded to as many recruiters and recruitment websites as possible. While the odds of a company knocking on your door are still slim, by taking some time to upload your CV, you at least create an opportunity for one of their agents to find you. The only thing that's guaranteed is that you won't be found if you're not visible.

3. Get on LinkedIn.

Nowadays, if you're not on LinkedIn, many recruiters would say that you're invisible. Some recruiters now use LinkedIn exclusively to find new candidates. While that may seem a limiting method in your mind, getting annoyed about it won't help, so sign up and get your profile set up. Read our recent article on How to Use LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job for some more tips specifically about LinkedIn.

4. Target specific companies

One of the most valuable pieces of advice we've heard - and we hear it a lot - is to identify who you want to work for. Figure out what companies you would like to work for in your sector and start to target them. Look for vacancies they may have, do your homework about what recruiters they use, and try to link to some of their key people. Ask around in your own network. Someone may already know people you could contact for advice or guidance on how to get on board. Doing your homework on specific potential employers remains one of the most valuable things you can do and will stand you in good stead should you land that all-important job interview (read Job Interview Questions: What Do You Know About Our Company).

5. Look for the unadvertised vacancies.

There's always debate around exactly what percentage of the jobs market is unadvertised, but it's safe to say it's a huge percentage. We've seen statistics that estimate as many as 70% of all job vacancies are unadvertised. Combine strategies around your network, targeting companies and recruiters, as well as keeping up to date with what's happening in your specific job sector, and you can start to open up this hidden jobs market. Take a look at Are Most Jobs Really Not Advertised? and Using a Comprehensive Job Search to Make Progress in the Hidden Jobs Market.

We'll come up another 5 tips very soon, so keep coming back to see what gems we've unearthed to help your job search.

Article Added: 21/02/2017

Posted By: Paul Docherty