13 Job Hunting Tips You Need To Know

13 Job Hunting Tips You Need To Know

Congratulations! You have your qualification and are ready to look for a job. But what now? Finding a job doesn’t need to be a daunting process. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. Have an updated resume. There is a plethora of websites, which offer advice on resume writing and templates. Or if you’re unsure of the best resume for you, see a professional resume writer for some help. List all of your qualifications and relevant skills, volunteer work and interests.
  2. Obtain referees. Professional referees are whom employers are wishing to speak with. If you are new to the workforce or moving into a new industry, ask a tutor or your course advisor if they can attest to your skills and study ethic.
  3. Online job sites. Register online with job seeking websites such as Seek, Career One and LinkedIn. Upload your resume to enable employers view your profile.
  4. Tailor your application letter. It’s okay to have a standard letter but it needs to be tailored to each job individually. Highlight your relevant skills and experience to the job description they have given.
  5. Proofread. Do not rely just on spellcheck as a word may be spelt correctly, but used incorrectly. If not confident in your proofing skills, ask a friend to have a check.
  6. Network. Even if you’re not in your chosen industry, there are ways you can use your existing network. Have a qualification in the beauty industry? Ask your hairdresser if they have heard of any opportunities.
  7. Check your social media. When reviewing an application, it is now common for an employer to google your name. Double check your privacy settings and ensure that what an employer can view is an image you wish to promote.
  8. Be realistic. Research what position you are realistically going to be offered and research what salary you can expect, hours of employment and the conditions of employment.
  9. Be willing. Be willing to take an entry-level position to work your way up in the industry. Be willing to work overtime or different hours to which you were expecting. Employers want to know you are willing and flexible.
  10. Do your research. Before you even apply for the job, research the business or company who are advertising the role. Ascertain whether they are a company you wish to work for, whether they are profitable, are in a growth period and possibly why your role is available. If you are offered an interview, you are then prepared with some knowledge about the company, which will impress.
  11. Rehearse. Practise at home some questions you possibly will be asked. Never had an interview before? Then ask a friend who has experience to role-play with you. It might feel silly but it can help calm the nerves on the day.
  12. Think of intelligent questions. Often you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This is not the time to ask about salary or when you can take your holidays. Apart from any questions you may have about the role or business which haven’t been covered, “What sort of candidate do you see as ideal for this role?” or “How would you describe a typical day for the role?” are also the type of questions to ask.
  13. Be confident. Employers are looking for someone who is confident of their abilities and within themselves. Remember – be confident but not cocky.

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