Job search: To get a new job, first you have to answer these four questions:
- Why do I want to get a new job?
- What type of company do I want to work for?
- Where are these jobs advertised?
- Do I have the skills I need to do the job I want? (Check your skill matrix)
You should treat your job search as a project. You need a plan, with a clear goal (detail the job, the company, the location, the salary,..), planning (Completing your CV, attending training courses, brushing up your skills), schedules (job search, tracking applications you have made, number of responses, number of interviews attended,..), acting quickly (if you see a vacancy you want, get your application over to them) adjusting (if your job search isn’t going to plan, don’t just keep knocking on the same old doors. Be prepared to switch strategies, review your CV, check you’re interviewing techniques, acquire more skills, and try different avenues towards employment.) For more information click here.
You should note down some of the key things you want to get out of your job search before you embark upon it. If you want your job search to be successful you should treat it as a project.
The key elements of successful projects are:
- Setting goals – Your end goal is to get a job, but you have to detail the job, the company, the location, the salary, and anything else that might be important to you.
- Determining deliverables – Along the way you can check if things are going to plan. Number of applications made, number of responses, number of interviews attended, …
- Setting schedules – It’s impossible to know exactly how long your job search is going to take, but you can set a few milestones, such as completing your resume, contacting recruitment agents,…
- Gathering resources – You’re not going to need many resources to conduct a job search, but you will need some. Regular access to the Internet to check responses to applications is one.
- Acting quickly – if you see a vacancy you want, don’t sit twiddling your thumbs, get your application over to them. Obviously don’t skip the important step of tailoring your resume.
- Adjusting often – if your job search isn’t going to plan, don’t just keep knocking on the same old doors. Be prepared to switch strategies and try different avenues towards employment.
In order to achieve success in your job search, you must target a wide range of employers and use all the available resources. Yes, it’s time-consuming, but it will pay off with more and better job leads, more interviews and more job offers!
Key Steps to find the job
- Upload your CV conducting an online job search is a must, make sure you upload your CV to more than just one job site to attract the widest audience possible.
- Attend job fairs: you can directly approach a great number of employers in one day, handing out your CV to company representatives.
- Register with your local recruitment agents, visit them and try to get feed back on your resume. Get to know their counselors and more important, let them get to know you.
- Keep networking with ex-tutors, colleagues, relatives and anyone who is in a position to help. Being told of an opportunity, or being referred is an accepted strategy.
- Read the relevant media: the vast majority of jobs that are currently available are still advertised in trade magazines.
- Direct approach: If the companies you’re targeting aren’t at the fairs, or registered with recruitment agencies don’t worry, get in touch with them directly. Google the company and contact them directly.
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