Many people find job hunting to be a daunting and overwhelming process. Well sometimes it can be, especially if you don’t know where to start. If this sounds familiar then don’t worry, you’re not alone.
There are a large number of websites and articles that aim to give you good job hunting or successful CV writing tips, but they very rarely tell you where to start.
It has been said that the CV is becoming less and less important to employers. In some cases that may be true however, it’s a good place to start. Ensuring your CV is a simple but true representation of you is crucial and will help a prospective employer decide whether to select you for an interview or not. If you don’t already have a CV prepared, there are a lot of resources out there to help you create one so start by do a bit of digging.
Once your CV is completed and ready to secure you that interview, it’s time to draw up a plan. Planning your job search is important and will help to keep the process as uncomplicated as possible. Whether you are a school leaver, Graduate or an experienced professional, you need to have at least some idea of what you want to do and what you need to do to get there.
An example for the structure of a job search plan is below;
1. Type of job you are looking for (Industry, Field, Full time/ Part time etc)
2. Geographical area (Where you want to work)
3. Resources (Where you will look for a new job i.e Internet, agencies, newspapers, Job fairs etc)
4. Strengths (Write a list of your strengths, skills and accomplishments to help you sell yourself to a prospective employer)
5. Interview Preparation
As there are a lot of resources for job hunting, it’s probably safe to say that you will be submitting applications through many job boards, company websites and recruitment agencies so it will be useful to set up a word document or spreadsheet to help you keep track of your applications and their progress.
Ensure you have an email account up and running and have access to it at all times, it is even more of an advantage if you can gain access through your mobile phone so you can stay active even while you are out and about.
Off to a good start
Once your CV, Action plan, Progress Tracker and Email account are all ready, you are off to a good start! Before you begin your job search, it may be a good idea to make a list of reasons for looking for a new job. This will help you to stay motivated throughout the process.
A useful tip
Staying updated on the latest technology is important as the way companies post their jobs and the way to apply for jobs is constantly changing so if you want to be competitive in the job market, you have to stay updated and ahead of the game.