Looking for a job can be exciting. It can also be time-consuming and a little laborious if it’s not well planned and managed. These eight steps will help you navigate the job search process effectively.
1. Know your goals
Before you start your job search, take a moment to define where you want to get to. You’ll be in a better position if your next move is a step in the right direction. If you’re currently employed, make sure the goals you’re chasing can’t be achieved in the company you’re already in – if they can, you may not need to look for a new job at all.
2. Be prepared
As the old saying goes, ‘fail to plan and plan to fail’. It’s important to get organised before you start a job search. Update your resume and portfolio if needed. Ensure your LinkedIn profile and other online platforms you use for your career are current. Contact your referees and ensure they’re happy to supply you with a reference. Set up a spreadsheet or use a program to track your applications. Plus, check your wardrobe to make sure you’ve got something to wear to your interviews.
3. Set time aside
Looking for a job can be a time-consuming process. Writing cover letters, corresponding with potential employers, attending interviews and completing assessments is all time away from your existing commitments – so make sure you’ve put enough time aside to see the process through.
4. Be where the jobs are
Many companies advertise job opportunities on their website and social media channels, as well as job boards. Be sure to set up job seeker profiles on relevant sites so you’re discoverable by employers. Turn on notifications so you’re alerted to any new opportunities that meet your criteria. You can also use a Recruiter (like us 👋) as Recruiters know where the jobs are, and are likely already working with companies you’re interested in. You’ll be able to tap into a Recruiter's expertise and network, while they act as your advocate in the market. Recruiters are there to make the job search process flow more easily, save you time and effort by taking the grunt work out, and support you with achieving the best possible outcome.
5. Apply with intent
Before submitting your CV, review the ad in detail. While you may not meet all criteria, ensure your experience is relevant to the role, and that the job (and organisation) is one you’re keen to pursue. Don’t apply for multiple roles with the same company – instead, indicate in your application that you’d be open to exploring any other opportunities within the business. It’s important to give the impression that you’re being considered and selective in the jobs you apply for.
6. Build your network
Interacting with people and continuing to grow your professional network, both in person and online are great tactics for finding a job. When attending seminars, conferences and industry events, start conversations with people you don’t know. Strengthen networks through your existing job. Plus use social media to build your digital profile – connect and engage with people, share your opinions and write original content to display your thought leadership.
7. Follow up
After an interview, follow up with a brief email to the interviewers. Thank them for their time, reiterate your interest in the job and suggest they contact you if they have any further questions.
8. Stay positive
Finding the right role may take longer than you anticipate. Don’t be discouraged – there are likely a number of factors influencing the timeline that are out of your control. It’s important to remain positive for your own wellbeing, and it’ll help with how you present yourself to potential employers.
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