Looking for a job can be very difficult, especially since the explosion of the internet, job websites and social sites. With so many outlets to check and keep up to date with, job hunting can be a daunting task.
In this article we run through some of our top tips on what to look out for when looking for a position and where to send your professional CV to.
Get the Look Right
Before you even attempt to sit down and find out where the best place to send your CV is, you need to ensure that both your CV and cover letter writing skills are up to scratch. For many employers this will be their first impression of you so it’s important you write a great CV and detail your most relevant skills, experience and qualification. (try using our CV templates and cover letter tips for advice on how to lay these out).
After you have written and designed your CV you are now ready to sit down and research potential job sites. If you are looking for a general role then checking your local newspaper is a good place to start. Usually they will have listings on the latest jobs available. Drawing up a list of general job sites is also crucial. Some job sites will require you to become a member and upload your CV while others will allow you to browse their site for all of the latest vacancies. Make a list of well known job sites – this can be compiled by a simple Google search. You can keep it general by searching for ‘jobs’ or you can make it more specific by noting your geographical position e.g. ‘jobs in Manhattan’ or the type of job/industry you want to be working in.
With over 500 million people using Facebook and more and more companies turning to Twitter for promotion, you should definitely include social sites in your job hunting. Twitter is usually the most effective as many companies use it to advertise their latest vacancies and news. You can target your area on the social sites and search for relevant companies. Or if you know of a company you would like to work for, find them on Twitter and start following them! You may be surprised at their newsfeed and if they are using social sites in the correct way, you’ll probably be one of the first people to hear about job opportunities if they do start recruiting.
Now you have a list of available jobs in your area, it’s worth whittling this down if you’re looking for something specific. It may be an industry or it could be a specific job title. If this is the case it is essential to look out for local companies that you are interested in working for. They might not have a job listing in the paper, but if there is a news article on them it might be worth noting names from the article and approaching them directly. As well as checking local newspapers and magazines, online targeting is essential in your day to day job hunting. Once you have compiled a list of general sites you should think about what position you are looking for. Is it specific? Is it specific to an industry? Do you need specific skills? If so, what typical organisations in your area will be looking for someone like you? Search for specific companies you know of. Make a note of their webpage and keep researching. Once you have spent some time on this you should have a comprehensive list of online targets to send your CV to. All you need to do is now is ensure your cover letter writing fits the organisation and job role and send off your application!
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