Do you find the job-hunting process challenging? When you spend hours of your time filling in endless online applications and updating your CV, yet hearing nothing back, it can be extremely draining and frustrating.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand that will help you instantly land your dream job, however, there are ways that you can make your job search more targeted and efficient, to increase your success rate and save you time.
Job Search tips
1. Create a wish list
Don’t rush into applying for jobs until you’re clear on what you’re looking for. You can then be far more strategic with your job search, saving you time in the long-term. If you’re already employed, consider what it is about your current job that you don’t like. Also, take time to think about what you’re looking for in a new role. Write your wish list down, so you can refer to it throughout your job search.
2. Be selective with your applications
It’s easy to think that the more applications you complete, the more likely you are to secure a job. But the opposite could be true. Take a ‘less is more’ approach by narrowing your search criteria on job boards, reading job descriptions carefully and making sure it ticks everything on your wish list. Only once you’re sure it’s what you’re looking for should you apply. You can then afford to spend longer on the application, taking the time to make yourself really stand out from other candidates.
3. Focus on your CV
A recruiter will often decide whether to hire you within seconds of looking at your CV. Some companies also use special resume software that filters out CVs by searching for specific keywords. Spend more of your time on your resume, making sure it is fully polished and does everything it can to make you stand out from other applicants. Don’t forget to tailor it to each application too. Take a look at our guide on ‘How to write a resume’ for more help.
4. Sign up to alerts
Visiting job boards every day and scrolling through all the jobs available can be extremely time-consuming. These sites will often have an ‘alert’ option so sign up to this. You will then be emailed as soon as something arises that meets all your set criteria. Not only does this save time, it means you’ll know about a new job opportunity as soon as it’s added so you can be one of the first people to apply.
5. Register with niche job sites
Don’t just rely on large job boards like Seek or Indeed. Consider signing up to smaller companies too. You may be able to find one that specialises in your job or location and you may even discover jobs that are not listed on larger job sites.
6. Use your network
Let friends and family know that you’re job hunting – They may know someone who they can put you in touch with. Use your social media accounts in your job search too, to network with new and existing connections. A simple message saying ‘hi’ or introducing yourself could be all it takes to find out about an available role that’s not even being promoted yet.
7. Be resilient
Go into the process with the expectation that you will face some rejections before you find your dream job. If you do this, then you will be able to stay positive and confident throughout your job search. In comparison, if you feel disappointed and rejected every time you hear ‘no’ you’ll be far less enthusiastic about your ongoing job hunt, wasting both time and potential opportunities.
Whether you’re fresh out of college and looking for your very first job, or you’re currently employed and looking for a new challenge, finding a job can be a difficult and lengthy process. But, with the help of these effective tips, we’re sure you’ll remain focused and find your dream job soon. Good luck!