- By Check-a-Salary
- Posted Friday 10
th August 2018
As we all know the job market is competitive and if you plan your job search carefully you’ll reap the rewards and increase your chances of securing a position that will help you on your way to a successful career.
Here we outline the key areas that you need to focus on in your job to make sure you land your key job.
- Understand what industry and positions interest you.
- Seek advice from friends and family about your career options.
- Do an online psychometric test to understand your strengths and which type of jobs your personality type is best suited for.
- Evaluate your lifestyle and assess the balance that you strive for.
- Understand what you need to earn to maintain your lifestyle
- Research companies and jobs on the internet
- Start attending exhibitions in industries that appeal to you. Learn of people’s experience to gain insight.
- Embrace technology. Products like ami give people a platform to view literally hundreds of thousands of jobs & help job seekers take control by managing all of your activity in one place.
Target Suitable Jobs
Challenge you credentials and suitability – be realistic.
- Are you prepared to make the commitment that is required?
- Is your skillset and personality you well suited?
- What training and qualifications are required?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How do you fare again other candidates?
- Are you looking to enter at the right level?
If everything makes sense, then you’re ready – go for it!
CONSIDER THE CHANNELS YOU’LL USE FIND WORK
Consider which job boards suit the type of position that you are interested. Is using a job board aggregator a better place for you to start your job search?
Social Networking - Social media is great, it helps you keep connected to people you have worked with in the past, both managers, peers and friends.
Start contacting them, or at least the ones you’d like to work with again!
Audience Connect with millions of people. You are only a few clicks away from any CEO or any leading entrepreneurs!
Agencies – They’ve got the contacts, relationship and jobs you want. Make sure you approach the right one though. Check out AgencyCentral who can help you find the best recruitment agency based on your location, job title and seniority.
Companies – Are getting better all the time at recruiting people directly. They invest in people, technology and monies on advertising to source candidates. Understand the companies that you wish to work for & make approaches.
Social Media presence – If you are on LinkedIn, Facebook or any other social platforms smarten up your act. Employers look there for a point of reference, which can be more telling than a CV sometimes – make it a positive experience, you can actually use it to help you with your recruitment efforts.
Set up job alert and make yourself known to them.
Stick to the basic
- Keep it short! Normally less than 30 seconds is spent reading it so it the reader with the best parts!
- An overview outline personality and skills is a great place to start.
- Be clear about your duties and achievements
- Use bullet points to emphasise points
- A link to Linked in
- References or a quote from a previous company is helpful.
- Contact details are imperative!
- Have 3 on the ready! There shouldn’t be the need to change it for every job
- Cover letter - This a great chance to engage with the reader, give them some headlines about your suitability
If you haven’t interviewed for a long period of time or are looking to apply yourself for a new type of job you need to prepare.
You may wish to read our 29 step checklist of things to consider for your interview.
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