Job Search Tips

There is no denying that this is a challenging time to be looking for a job. If your search has got off to a slow start or is getting stuck, it may be time to consider a new approach. Nick Waller, Managing Director of YourRetailJob.com has compiled the following 10 job search tips to help your hunt for a new job go smoothly and successfully.

     1.     Be Prepared
Have a voice mail system in place and sign-up for a professional sounding email address. Consider getting a separate email account to use for your job search, so you can stay organised. Put your mobile phone number on your CV so that you can follow up in a timely manner.

     2.     Be more than prepared.
Always have an up-to-date CV and covering letter ready to edit and send - even if you are not currently looking for a new job. You never know when an opportunity that is too good to pass up might come along. If you are not on LinkedIn yet, create a LinkedIn Profile and start making connections with those who can help you with your job search.

     3.    Get help.
Utilise free or inexpensive services that provide career counselling and job search assistance such as college career offices, jobcentres or your local public library. Many libraries provide workshops, programmes, classes, computers and printers that you can use, plus other resources to help you with your job search.

     4.    Take the initiative.
Do not just wait for jobs to be advertised! Estimates suggest that around 80% of vacancies are never advertised, and those that are can attract hundreds of applications. Create a list of companies that might have relevant positions and send your CV and covering letter directly to the HR manager.

     5.    Use job boards.
Search the internet for the best job boards for your sector. You can see exactly which companies are currently recruiting and search all the relevant jobs posted online in one step. Do not limit your job searching to just the most well-known sites. Check the smaller niche sites that focus on a particular geographic location or career field and you will find plenty of job listings.

     6.    Let employers come to you.
When you post your CV online, you are immediately putting your details within reach of thousands of employers saving you the trouble of searching through job adverts. Also, register for job alerts to receive job listings by email and let the jobs come to you. All the major job sites now offer this facility.

     7.    References ready.
Have a list of three references including name, job title, company, phone number and email address ready to give to interviewers. Print a copy of your reference list and take it with you to interviews.

     8.    Build and use your network.
It is a well-known fact that a majority of job openings do not get advertised. Keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage. Tap into your network of contacts to see who might be able to help you with job leads or a referral.

     9.    Get social.
Social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be a good way to get job listings before they are listed elsewhere. Plus, you can promote yourself using the social media tools that are freely available for job seekers and companies are increasingly using social media for recruiting.

     10.   Follow up.
It is important to follow up after an interview by thanking everyone you met with. Also reiterate your interest in the position and remind the recruiter why you are an excellent candidate for the job.

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