Finding a new job can be extremely daunting, not only do you have to figure out what type of jobs to apply for but where to start looking. Here are my 5 helpful tips for finding the right job for you.
1. Find yourself a good recruitment agent. A specialist recruitment agency can take a huge headache out of job hunting. Not only do they look for jobs for you, but they are also great for giving career advice and helping with your C.V. There are great recruitment agents out there that are also industry specific. This can really help with getting a foot in the door to big companies in your particular industry too. Recruitment agents spend a lot of time and effort building up a good industry network.
2. Ask your social network and previous colleagues if they know of any jobs going at their companies. Not all jobs are advertised and sometimes it’s easier to get a foot in the door if you know someone who already works there. So put a status up on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter or go through your e-mail contact list. You might be surprised at just how many responses you get.
3. Speaking of Social Media, it’s paramount these days to ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date. If you don’t have a profile yet then get one. It’s one of the first points of reference that recruiters and employers look to when a job applications comes through. As well as ensuring your LinkedIn is all set up, ensure all your other social media (particularly Facebook) is on lock down. It’s definitely not a good look if you have public viewing of that one night you had a few too many tequila shots.
4. If there is a particular company you want to work for then contact the company directly. Better yet you can even look up people in the particular department you want to work for on LinkedIn and contact them. Nothing shows ambition like taking the initiative and asking upfront if there are any jobs. Just be careful not to come across as pushy or desperate.
5. When you actually do find a job you really want, make sure you tailor your cover letter to the job specifications. It’s super tempting to just have one generic cover letter so you can save time, however this isn’t going to land you your dream job. Spend time writing a customized letter on how you fit each specification they have outlined in the job advert. This not only tells the employer why you are suited to the job but shows that you have spend some time applying for it.