Top 8 Things to Do During Your Job Search

Find a JobLooking for a job in the current market is never easy.  The key to success is to stay positive and focused.  The recruiters in the Galway Office have compiled a comprehensive list of 8 top tips to help keep you on track to land your dream job.

If there’s anything on the list that you’re not currently incorporating in your job search, consider giving it a try. Given the state of the job market at present, it makes sense to include as many tactics as possible in your job search.

1.       Use your Network
Link in with as many people as you can in the companies you would like to work for, ex-colleagues etc.  Grow your network through mediums like LinkedIn, relevant events, clubs and societies, universities etc.  Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go.

2.       Perfect your CV
Your CV is your marketing tool. Recruiters make a decision to talk/meet with you based on your CV. So make sure the layout is flawless and that all your experience/education/skills are clearly outlined.  Tailor your CV for specific jobs as you may possess skills that are relevant to one role but not for another, so always use the job description to help you but don’t embellish your CV.

3.       Promote Yourself
Your CV is not the only tool you have to sell your skills.  You want all your social networks (particularly LinkedIn) to highlight your skills and present you as someone they would want to work with.  If you have a blog or a website then make sure that it is tailored to highlight your knowledge in your area.  If possible, get recommendations from your peers and former colleagues.  LinkedIn is not only a tool for presenting yourself but it can also be used to follow your chosen companies and learn more about them and who you should talk to.

4.       Treat your job search as a job in itself
E.g. Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, otherwise you will not use time efficiently, be unproductive and end up becoming frustrated.  It’s hard work finding a job, so keep positive and follow through on all CV’s you send out; don’t wait on the company to come back to you, follow up with them.

5.       Focus on what you want
Decide what kind of job you really want and focus your efforts on that, rather than sending your CV in for roles you are not suited to. Instead, try to focus on the specific industry that interests you. In addition, you use social media to get in touch with people in roles and companies that you would like to work in and find out how they got their job.

6.       Keep track of your applications
Job seekers send out hundreds of applications on a weekly basis to both companies and recruitment agencies so it is important to keep track of these.  Create a spread sheet of all your applications and if you are going through an agency make sure you record the name and contact details of the consultant you were dealing with.

7.       Prepare for your interview.
Interviewing is a skill in itself and many candidates fail to sufficiently prepare for it. One hour preparing before D-day won’t be enough.  You have to get working on your interviewing skills the day you start looking for a new job. The earlier you master your interviewing technique, the sooner you will get that new job. Many samples of interview questions can be found on job boards or online in general.  Consider taking some time to conduct a ‘mock-interview’ prep with a friend beforehand.  Practice makes perfect.

8.       Know who you are interviewing for and why you are interviewing for that job
Many candidates do not do their homework and fail to demonstrate in-depth knowledge about the company they are interviewing with. Most employers will interpret your lack of knowledge of the company as disinterest. So it is vital that you research their website/news/social media etc. thoroughly. Moreover, you need to know why you are interviewing for the role. If you cannot tell them why you want the role, they won’t see why they should hire you. If you go for an interview “to see how you get on”, you will not get that job.

Do you have a job search strategy that worked really well for you?  Do you think we left anything out?  Please feel free to message us below in the comments.

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