Thursday, April 4, 2013

10 things you can do to help your jobsearch

Most jobseekers start their jobsearch full of hope and excitement, but as time progresses the excitement turns to despair and frustration. Listed below are 10 steps you can implement to help your jobsearch. 
  1. Value your resume: Your resume is without doubt your most important career document. Make sure your resume is selling your worth to employers. It should be achievement driven, aesthetically pleasing and easy to read. The cornerstone of every jobsearch is an effective, results-focused resume. Interviews will be won or lost on the basis of your resume alone so it has to pack a punch to get you noticed. Find out more about Professional Resume Writers here.
  2. Embrace social media: It’s easy to sign up for LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you only want to use one then LinkedIn would be my recommendation. Whether you choose one or more, dedicate time every day to being ‘seen and heard’. Don’t just sign up and follow or link to people – you need to engage people, start conversations — it’s networking, only online.
  3. Network: Yep, I know you probably hate that word and are sick of hearing about it in your jobsearch, but there is a reason careerists continue to talk about it — because it works. Go where the jobs can be found. If you’re not networking you are adding time to your search. Learn more about networking here.
  4. Personalise all your job search materials: Every resume, every cover letter, every email should be tailored specifically to the job you are applying for. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resume. The quicker you understand that, the quicker you will find work.
  5. Have a plan and stick to it: Having a plan helps to keep you focused, as well as assists you to follow up, track activity and results, all of which allow you to fine tune along the way.

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