JOB SEARCH / DEC. 21, 2014
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How to Ensure Your Job Search Won't Fail

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What determines an effective job search? What makes you so sure that you are doing everything right? This article will help you review your job searching techniques and find out how you can improve your search.

The following tips will definitely help you increase your chances of finding employment. Check these out:

#1 Have a strategy

 

Job searching is as demanding as having a job. In order to ensure you won’t fail, all you need is a detailed strategy or in simpler terms, a plan that is going to help you achieve your career goals. With this being said, you need to be realistic and resilient so that you are able to move forward. In a way, job search is a 2-way process as it involves research and action. So in order to be successful you first need to gather the information you need including the necessary tools and resources to help you get started and then focus on completing and submitting your application.

#2 Use a multi-channel approach

 

Searching for a job online, might be a good idea although it might not be as effective on its own. Using a multi-channel approach it surely is more effective in terms of finding a job. Send your applications to organisations that are not currently advertising and express your interest in working with them. Research for more information about the company you are interested in and talk to people from important roles and sectors face-to-face. This kind of approach will not only help you build relationships with the right people within the industry but will encourage you to practice your sales pitch; what you are looking for and what you have to offer.

#3 Market yourself appropriately

 

Unfortunately, it is not enough to just complete and send a job application. Your CV and cover letter should be able to sell your key strengths and abilities so that it tells employers you are the perfect candidate. If these two documents fail to project your key selling points, recruiters won’t even bother inviting you in for an interview. So make the first impression count and tell them who you are, what you can do and what you are passionate about, so that you give them enough reasons to hire you.    

#4 Use your networking skills

 

Networking is a critical career survival skill since it’s very important in terms of not only finding a job but keeping a job as well. When searching for a job, you have to show employers knowledge on the industry and awareness on key professionals in the field; including influencers and leading companies. Whatever you do, never underestimate networking and the power of social media! Instead of aimlessly spending time on social media, why don’t you use it effectively to search for a job on various networking platforms as LinkedIn and XING?  

When searching for a job, you should always keep your hopes up and never give up. Even if it feels that you are not getting anywhere with your job search, you should try to put yourself out there and promote yourself as much as possible. So, what else do jobseekers need to succeed in their job search?

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