The rules of the job search have changed. It is no longer sufficient to send out a CV, call a few people, and wait for a job to appear. Networking, social media and technology now play a key roles in your job search strategy. Here are 10 tips to help you in your job search.
1. Get in the game. The job market is more competitive than ever; you have to be proactive, you can’t wait for the job to come to you. It takes more than just sending out your CV. Set goals, follow a schedule and hold yourself accountable.
2. Develop a good pitch. Sometimes called an elevator pitch, you need to summarise your experience, ability and career goals in a few, short sentences.
3. Look beyond the job boards. The majority of jobs are never advertised. Find companies that you would be interested in working for and search for the hiring managers/HR on LinkedIn and contact them directly.
4. Networking is king. This is where you should spend the majority of your job search time. Establish your network, build it, and keep your network updated on your job status. These are the people who are most likely going to help you find your next opportunity.
5. Get social. Establish and maintain a healthy online presence. Set up social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get started. Be professional, helpful, and valuable when interacting on these sites. Use the sites to learn, network, find jobs, and share content.
6. Maximise LinkedIn’s potential. Reach out and connect to people in industries you are interested, old colleagues and potential employers on LinkedIn. Create a strong profile. Contribute helpful information and help others when asked.
7. Tweet for success. Find companies, people, and relevant topics to follow. Learn from the experts, tweet and retweet useful advice, articles, and promote yourself as well!
8. Reputation matters. Keep an eye on what potential employers can see by setting up alerts to monitor your name. Try to keep things positive.
9. Don’t get stuck in a rut. If you aren’t getting results, shake up your search. Volunteer, make new contacts, update your network, take a class, or set new goals. Flexibility and patience will help you succeed.
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