Job search advice

Searching for a new job can be a challenging and stressful experience. But you are not alone, in fact almost every single person who goes throught he process doubts themself at some stage and regrets even getting started.

Here is some job search advice.

To get you started we have put together this brief article with some valuable job search advice. We hope that this keeps you focused and motivated and helps you on your job search journey. This is a very brief summary of what you should be doing during your search. Make sure you check out the Recent Articles for some other great tips which are updated weekly.

Know what you are looking for

To often people start their job search without first giving serious consideration to what they actully are for. It sounds strange, after all you might be thinking, "I'm just looking fo a new job." Sure, however, you want to make sure you find the RIGHT job. Take a day and access the reasons you are looking for a new job, what are your strengths and weaknesses. Put pen to paper and describe the jo that would fit YOU best. This is a very important step that 99% of job seekers skip.

Custom your CV to each and every application

Each and every job is different! Even if they have the same job title, there will be company and industry differences. It is very important to take a good hard look at the job description being advertised. Look for keywords that describe skills and experience that the company is looking for and then make sure you use these exact keywords in your job application (assuming you posess them of course). It does not matter if they are in your cover letter or CV. Just make sure that whoever sans your application is able to spot them easily. This will be your best way to get your foot in the door for an interview

Organise yourself

Before you start your application process it might be a good idea to take some time to get organised. Sometimes this can just be as simple as preparing a spread sheet to track your applications sent, replies recieved and interviews attended. How you get organised is up to you, but make sure you have a system in place and you are not just randomly sending applications.

5 final thoughts

First, have a positive attitude. Employers obviously only want to hire positive and competent people. So if you’ve been unemployed for a long period and are depressed or angry, find a way to shrug it off when interviewing or you will only be hurting your chances.

Second, if you’re an older worker trying to find a job, you may face age discrimination. Among the ways to proactively counter any issues about your age are to limit the number of years of experience you list on your resume (by keeping to the last 10-15 years), eliminate dates in the education section of your resume, and focus on adaptability and flexibility in the interview.

Third, remember that you may need additional training or experience, especially if you are entering a new career field.

Fourth, you may need to consider temping or volunteering for a short period to gain experience and build network contacts that can lead to a full-time position.

Fifth, in the most extreme cases, you may need to consider relocation to a place that has a higher concentration of jobs in your field.