We all know that looking for a new job can be stressful, worrying, depressing and difficult … so here are 10 tips to help lift that load and make the whole process successful.
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So, on to my tips then…
1. Regard job hunting as an ongoing process
Most of us tend to rush into job hunting either because our current one has ended, or because we make the decision to move on. To avoid having to get ready for this in a rush, create a permanent career file in which you update your CV, personal statement, notes for covering letters every few months. That way when it’s time to make your move everything will be ready to go.
2. Know what your skills are (and what they aren’t)
Be honest with yourself about what you’re good at – and that means be honest about what you do well, in addition to what you don’t do so well. Don’t try to adopt skills that you think might be appealing if you know deep down they’re not right for you. If you look hard enough, you’ll find plenty of real skills within you to match a number of job specs.
3. Don’t waste time applying for inappropriate jobs
Some people use the “scattergun” approach when looking for a job and apply for anything and everything. This is very short sighted, largely because you could well find yourself taking on a job you hate and wasting your valuable career time there, when a bit more searching and effort could have found you what you really want.
4. Focus on jobs you know you can do
Once you decide what jobs are right for you, put some time and energy into researching the sort of companies or organisations that use people with your particular skillset. Be imaginative and look beyond the obvious: for example if you’re a creative advertising professional, look at both marketing/advertising agencies and also marketing departments within major corporates, large charities, etc.
5. Plan your job hunting strategy
Make out a list of the companies and organisations likely to need people like you, and then find out how they recruit staff. Contact the better recruitment agencies in your particular field to let them know you’re on the market – be guided by their advice.
6. Do your homework
Don’t just sit at home waiting for emails or for the phone to ring … get out there and talk to people in your chosen field and ask them what’s happening where, and for referrals to others who might help you. Local face-to-face business networking groups can be very useful if your type of work fits with that. Network in the right places online, too (see below.)
7. Believe in yourself
No matter how slow the job hunting process may seem from time to time, never lose faith in yourself. As someone once said, “if you don’t think you’re good, why the h*ll should I?” You ARE good at what you do and provided you believe it, prospective employers will too.
8. Don’t lie
This is the other side of the same coin, really – believe that you are good at what you’re really good at, but whatever you do, don’t lie and say you’re good at something you’re not. You may think you can get away with it but good recruiters and job interviewers can see through lies like this very quickly. And if you’re caught lying about your qualifications, past job experience, etc., that’s a very hard act to recover from.
9. Get your CV and profiles in good shape
If you’ve followed Tip #1 your CV and other documents should be pretty much up to date already – if not, update them. Ensure that any text likely to be posted online contains appropriate keywords, and is in a format that’s easily uploadable to various different sites. Polish up your personal statement. Update your LinkedIn profile – or if you haven’t got one yet, get one and fill it in properly.
10. Watch what you say on social networking sites
Once more, this is part of an ongoing process through your career: the internet, and Google, have very long memories. If you have been rude or critical about an employer on any of the social media platforms, someone Googling you to check you out will probably find it – bad news. It really isn’t worth taking a chance with this, as it could lose you a job of your dreams. So be careful!
And, good luck!