The Three Crucial steps to Job Hunting Success
Maybe you’ve decided it’s time for a change or you’re looking for that first step into the working world.
Our simple 3 step guide below will help you find your perfect job.
Step 1 – Get Prepared
Your CV is your best friend. It lets someone else know all about you, your skills, your experience, your interests, your personality. Therefore it must be up to date, with current contact details, your most recent experience at the top and be clear and easy to read with no typo’s. It is your single biggest weapon in the job market so spend the time making it the best it can be.
Once your happy, get someone else to have a read and give you some feedback. Make those changes too if you feel they’ll benefit your CV.
Finally, you should create versions in Word and PDF format as modern website applications can often populate their own forms from your CV. By having a suitable file type ready for any application will save you a lot of time and energy.
Step 2 – Focus
The internet now is full of recruitment companies and job boards, often advertising the same job in subtly different ways. It can be pretty easy to get a little lost with your search. So above all be specific about what you are looking for. Often people will search using a job title first and then a location second. This is a good technique to use. For example you might search for: ‘Carpenter, Farnborough, Hampshire’. However do make sure you include the word job or vacancy or you’ll be greeted by a page full of Carpenters working in Farnborough.
A good search term would be ‘Carpenter, woodworker, vacancy, jobs in Farnborough, Hampshire’.
This should give you a range of potential jobs to go look at. You can of course increase your
search radius by including different towns or widen your job description to include other areas of interest like labouring or cabinet making. Let the search engine help you by giving it the most information possible.
Step 3 – Search and Apply
Google is clearly the search leader and by inputting your search term in Google will bring you a huge range of results and links to other recruitment sites. Some other sites to look at include LinkedIn, Monster, CV Library, Total Jobs, Indeed, Facebook and many more. When you find a job you like make sure you bookmark it or better yet apply there and then with the CV you created in Step One. It is also worth registering with these websites as you can input your search term and they’ll then send you an email every time a new position is advertised that matches your criteria. A great job searching time saver.
Finally, searching for a job is not something you do now and again, you need to be checking sites regularly and keeping a record of all the ones you have applied to. Companies these days are inundated with applications so don’t be disheartened if you do not hear back from them at all. This is quite common practice since the internet made applying for jobs a simple click of a button. Treat it professionally and remember finding a job is a job in itself. Learn from your successes and adapt from any failures and soon you’ll be enjoying that dream move or a great first step into the working world.