If your job search currently entails printing off a generic CV or posting one on a job site, you may not be maximizing your opportunities. In fact, in the modern job market, there are a range of things you can do to optimize your employment potential. The most effective of which you can read about in the post below.
1) Use social media
Instead of dropping off a CV to local businesses, why not use something that most of us have already, social media. Of course, you can often use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to track down the best job opportunities in your area.
However, if you really want to optimize your chances of getting the best position possible, you need to choose something like LinkedIn. A platform designed specifically for career and employment purposes.
In fact, the key here is to make an effort not just to list your work history.
Instead, you need to fill in your profile fully, as well as get testimonials from those you have worked with. Then you will have the best chance of coming up in people searches when they are looking for someone to fill a position.
Of course, there are other things you can do via social media to boost your chances of landing the best job possible too. One of these is to create content on the field on which you are working. Something that helps to set you out as an expert in your area, and further boosts your reputation when it comes to applying for the best roles.
2) Consider referrals
Sometimes it is not just what we know that can land us the best job, but who we know as well. After all, the most reliable intelligence on a potential employee is a referral from someone an employer is already familiar with.
Happily, there are likely plenty of people that can help you with this. In fact, if you are currently looking for a new post, don’t be afraid to get back in contact with supervisors and manager you have worked with in the past.
The reason being they are the ones most likely to know of anyone that is hiring. You can often find the newest job the fastest this way too.
3) Customizing your CV
If you want your job search to be as effective as possible, it’s often a wise idea to look at your CV.
In particular, ensuring that you don’t send a generic resume to every job you are interested in is vital. Otherwise, you could end up pouting potential employer off rather than securing an interview.
Instead, it’s crucial to take note of the skills and qualities mentioned in the job specification you are applying for. Then you can make sure that your resume makes reference to these along with evidence of when you have used them. This being something that is much more likely to get you through the candidate selection phase.
4) Getting help from an employment agency
Another way to make your job search much more effective is to work with one of the many employment agencies out there. In fact, doing this can help to connect you with businesses that have the best opportunities much more quickly than if you go it alone.
Some agencies even offer advice and training too. Something that will ensure your skills stay razor-sharp, and help you to be as employable as possible even while you’re not in work. Something that can make a massive difference on your applications when the opportunities do start to come your way.
5) Volunteer positions and internships
Lastly, interning can help you get the job you really want. Especially if you are thinking of changing careers, or you are trying to break into a particularly competitive field.
In fact, just by having some evidence of commitment to your field on your CV, you can help yourself stand head shoulders above the competition.
Of course, an additional benefit interning is that you get to see what your day to day life in such a career will really be like. Something that can help you know you are making the right decision, or help you to readjust your course if you find it’s not quite what you thought it might be. The latter being incredibly valuable for your career progression in the long term.
In summary, you may not be approaching your job search effectively if you aren’t using social media sites like LinkedIn. Also, finding somebody that will make a personal referral can really help you get your foot in the door, as can working with an employment agency.
Don’t forget either that you CV needs to be customized to the role you are applying for as well. Oh, and if you can’t get a paid gig straight away, do consider an intern roll!