Job Searching Tips 2013 with New Trends
It is very important to choose the right ways to search for the job that you want, not just the one you can get.
1- Email address is as important as your CV
The first thing that the prospective employer is going to see is your email address make sure all the relevant details are accurate including your name and surname. See the good and bad examples examples of professional email addresses:
Bad: Ronaldoforever @ mail.com, Messistrike @ domain.com, eagleeyes34 @ mail.com etc
Good: Sam.Smith @ mail.com, Tom.Smith @ mail.com, NameSurname @ mail.com etc.
Make sure your image looks good and choose the right email address for yourself that looks porfessional.
2- Yes, Social Media can find you a job!
Half of the recruiters are not even advertising their positions to find their new employees. Linkedin is a place where Jobseekers and Employers can meet and share ideas and possibly find a job. Set up a professional profile on Linkedin to give yourself an opportunity when Recruiters search for their right candidates.
Not only Linkedin but Twitter and Facebook are also a powerful tools to search for jobs and advertise yourself for free. Posts about the type of job you are looking for and your existing skills may take Recruiters attention.
But be careful – if you are using your social media accounts to attract prospective employers, you should make sure your account is clean and professional looking – it’s not ideal to have lots of negative comments, jokes or pictures.
Read more about Social Media Job Searches:
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3- Update your CV
This tip may not sound very original however updating a CV doesn’t mean just updating your current work, references and other items. We’re talking about adding your social accounts as contact details and trying new, different CV templates to help your CV look better or stand out in the employer’s eyes. It is always wise to amend your CV for every application so the specific skills they are looking for are highlighted and easy to see.
4- References – Are they still there? Contact old referees to make sure the relevant person is still at that address and to see what they are up to. Let them know about your current job search and confirm they are still ok to be a reference for you. It’s always nice to get in touch with old colleagues… and you never know, they might even offer you a job back!
5- Jobs and Career Fairs
The facts state that you have more chance to be employed during a jobs fair than when you are applying for a position on a job site. This is simply because you can make an impression to prospective employers that a piece of paper, even a well written CV, just can’t do!Click here to view latest Jobs Fairs in the UK.
6- Prepare for the Interview
You can start reading about interview questions and answers even before got a date for it. Preparing for the interview is the only way to beat your interview nerves. A great way to practice is to ask a friend or relative to role play an interview situation so that you get a chance to respond out loud in a timely manner.Click here to see typical interview questions and answers.
7- Join the Job sites
There are about 10 main job boards/sites online and they are all accepting new registrations for free. Those job sites will send you lists of appropriate positions direct to your inbox whenever matching jobs are available. They also register your CV and allow recruiters to search for your skills and offer tips and advice on your existing CV.Click here to see the 11 great UK job sites that can help you with your job search.
8- Jobs to Email Tools
Job sites and many company websites offer jobs to email services for free. All you have to do is leave your email and define which jobs you would like to receive updates about and every time they update their system with new matching vacancies you will receive an email. Most of these sites allow you to define by keywords, location and time frame.
9- Prepare a list of companies as a target
Let’s say you want to work for as a Customer Service Assistant then your targeted companies will be in Retail and Supermarket industry. Make a list of the companies you are keen to work for and then prioritise your search in these companies, visit the stores and speak to existing employees so that you can understand the position thoroughly and when you write your CV, covering letter and attend an interview you will be better prepared and more likely to progress through the selection process.
10- Check Companies careers sites!
Many companies are not advertising their jobs on the regular job sites but they do have their own career sites where they list their live vacancies. You can also subscribe to jobs to email service as well. Remember that some vacancies are still only advertised within the stores so make sure you look at these too.
11- Recruitment Agencies
Yes, they are still an option job jobseekers and many vacancies continue to be filled through these agencies. Recruitment agencies also offer advice so that you can improve your CV, and in-house tests such as typing speed and whether you can work with Microsoft Office so that they can provide this information to prospective employers. Attending an interview with an agency will also improve your confidence in interview situations.
12- Applying for unadvertised jobs!
There may be positions available even when a company has not advertised. If you can get in before the advert then the company will have fewer applicants and you stand a better chance of getting the job. Speak to friends and family to let them know you’re looking for a job – they may know someone who is recruiting. Ask directly in the company you would like to work for if they have any vacancies or send in a prospective CV with an excellent Cover Letter.
Remember if you approach a company ‘blind’ then make sure you have a good copy of your CV with you, and ensure you have done some research into the company so that if you are asked to carry out an on-the-spot interview you are prepared. If you are sending in a CV and Cover Letter by post, ring in advance to find out who to address it to, and so that it stands out when it is received.
13- Local Newspapers
Many small and large businesses still advertise their vacancies in local newspapers. Don’t miss out on these local opportunities so make sure you buy the local paper and check the vacant positions. In most areas you can subscribe to local papers to have them delivered to your door on the day it is issued. Read More…
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