What is the best way to start job searching?

At one point or another most of us will face the prospect of searching for a new job.

This may come at the beginning of your career when looking for the entry-level/graduate route into the workforce, or through redundancy or later in life when trying to progress your career to its next stage; either way, it can be a difficult process.

There are so many different places to look and methods to use when searching for a new job.

In fact, you have so many options that it can feel overwhelming, It’s a very individual situation, following the 5 tips below can make it easier for you.

1: Have a clear understanding of what you are looking for

Before you start your job search, it’s a good idea to have a clear understanding of the type of position you are looking for.

Factors can include the responsibilities that come with the job, the amount of time you are willing to commute, the reputation of the business/company and the progression opportunities that may be available to you.

Remember it is very important for you to be able to offer your relevant experience, qualifications and transferable skills to a potential new employer as this is where your value lies, so my advice is to focus on jobs that are relevant to you.

This will keep your job search focused and lead to greater job satisfaction when you secure your new position.

2: Make sure you have a good CV

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, and when applying for a job your CV is the first impression a prospective employer will have of you.

Therefore, it’s vitally important that you have a really good/professional CV that not only provides details of your career to date but that ‘sells’ what you have to offer.

In my experience this makes the difference between being called to interview or not.

3: Add a good Cover Letter

Adding a good Cover Letter that both summarises and highlights your skills/experience/qualifications and some achievements can really help to set out your stall and impress a potential new employer. Some employers will actually request that applicants include a Cover Letter with the CV in job applications – but even if they don’t in my opinion it’s always good to include a well written one as it displays a high level of professionalism.

4: Don’t Limit your Job Search

So what is the best way to start job searching?

Firstly try not to limit the scope of your job search.

Connect with local employers on LinkedIn, attend job fairs and speak directly to companies – and of course remember the role that networking can have in attaining a new job.

 If you have contacts in a company or particular industry sector you are seeking to move into don’t be slow to ask their advice on getting into that area.

5: Stay Motivated

Anticipate that your job search may take longer than you expected.

The process of hiring can be a slow one.

Jobs can be put on hold and you may be unsuccessful with some of your applications.

It is important to bear this in mind and stay motivated. Focus on your original goal and be patient in your search. It won’t happen overnight!

In conclusion, job searching can be a time-consuming and frustrating process.

Unfortunately there is no magic wand/not one correct way to job search, so it’s important to stay motivated and patient.

Set clear goals and try a number of different methods during the job search to give yourself the best chance possible!

Some more info’ can be accessed at: https://www.skillslink.ie/job-seeking-strategies/

 

Best of luck,

Dympna

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