Job search tips

Looking for a new job? So, you have sent out tons of emails and job applications. How do you get noticed and stand out from the crowd? How can you maximise your chances of getting a response?

Take the time and trouble to showcase yourself properly. It is hard enough to get noticed, so really it’s worth the effort. You need to market yourself.

These tips will help.

Firstly you need a good CV. One that reflects your skills and experiences properly. A full CV, not a half-baked, thrown together summary that expects the reader to have some kind of second sight. Leave out the tables and fancy text. Plain, simple and to the point is best. Nothing spells lacklustre more than a half completed CV with spelling mistakes, poor formatting, and loads of grammatical errors. Make it easy for the reader to identify the important stuff.

Secondly, make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and complete. Let it also reflect your skills and experiences properly. This will work behind the scenes; head-hunters are continually scanning LinkedIn for new talent. Make connections, join groups, ask for recommendations. You should be constantly tweaking it. The Dananda Talent website has useful tips on how to use LinkedIn.

Before submitting your CV, do a thorough web search on the company. Indicate in your cover latter that you are aware of the latest products and developments.

When you reply to an advert, write a fresh cover letter specific to the application. Don’t use the same, bland generic one for all your applications. Keep it short, simple and use the job description as a pointer and highlight your skills accordingly. Follow the instructions in the advert.

Make it your job to find a job. It will take time, but the process will go nowhere unless you drive it. Have a daily routine. Check job boards, create job alerts and connect with people who are recruiting in your area of experience. Send your CV to companies who employ people with your skills and expertise.

Be pushy, follow up, and ask for timelines. Don’t be scared to find out what’s happened to your application. In fact, it’s positive and shows that you are taking the initiative, and that you are proactive.

Don’t let a rejected application get you down . It is difficult to stay positive when you hear nothing, or receive a regret email. Treat each new application as if it was your first one. Finding a job is hard work. Be prepared for rejection. This develops your personal resilience. It takes 10-20 applications to get one interview. And then it takes 10-15 interviews to get one job offer.

Stay positive, and best of luck in your search.

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