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How to Master the Art of Job Seeking

No matter what industry you’re in, the job market is becoming more and more competitive as time goes on. So much so that landing a suitable role in your chose field is difficult even for people with all the right qualifications and experience. Whilst there are many qualified, hardworking job hunters out there, the truth is that these qualities don’t necessarily guarantee you a pathway to success. Instead, you may need to learn some new ways to find vacant roles and grab your potential employer’s attention. Here’s how you can do just that.

Get on LinkedIn

This social network is essentially just a professional version of Facebook, where people post about their skills and experience rather than what they got up to on the weekend. Its popularity and effectiveness cannot be denied; it was such a success that Microsoft recently bought the platform for $26.2 billion. The trick to doing LinkedIn right is to make your profile engaging, list your skills, experience and hireable qualities in a succinct yet detailed way and post about industry news or professional topics regularly in order to stay on the radar of those who you are connected with. It’s not uncommon for people to get job offers via their profile, so make sure that yours is worth noticing.

Network in real life

In this day and age, we’re becoming increasingly connected by social media platforms and electronic devices. But what about good, old fashioned, real-life networking? Don’t underestimate the power of going to events and functions relevant to your industry, as they will allow you to mingle with professionals who may be on the lookout for a potential employee like yourself. Maintain these relationships with a drink here and there after work and you might just be the first name that pops to mind whenever they are looking to fill a role in the future.

Browse job listing sites

Most people use websites such as Seek or Indeed to browse for potential positions, but it’s important to expand your job search horizons to include websites that may hold hidden treasures. Do some research and find out if your particular industry has any specific websites dedicated to job listings in that field. Additionally, make sure that you don’t just upload a stock standard resume and cover letter to each application; tailor it so that the employer knows that you are making an effort. Remember, the popularity of these websites means that employers get more applications than ever, so be sure to make yours stand out.

Don’t overlook the newspaper

This may seem outdated but, depending on your industry, it could just be where your perfect role is hiding. While it is true that most of today’s job searching is done online, especially by the younger generation, employers who are older may still be using printed job ads to find the employee they need. So the next time you’re reading the Sunday paper, make sure you take a look at the ads section.

Regularly check the company’s websites

If you know what specific job or company you would like to work for, it’s best to go straight to the source. Bookmark the social media pages of a particular company and make it a habit to regularly check them for job vacancy updates. You can even set up a google alerts page to get notifications whenever something is posted. This way, when a job becomes available, you will be the first to know about it.

Use Facebook for more than just socialising

Believe it or not, this platform can be used to give you a job-seeking advantage. There are many different Facebook groups available for different professional industries. Find the one that suits you and join the discussions that other people in your field are having. It’s not uncommon for people in these groups to post job advertisements, so you’ll be able to find opportunities that you might have overlooked elsewhere on the web. Plus, it’s a great way to find helpful tips and advice from people who have the experience to give it, so either way it’s a win-win.

Go door to door

If all else fails, hit up businesses, stores and companies who you would like to work for. Print out your professional resume and cover letters and deliver them in person. Ask to speak to the manager if possible and be sure to give a warm, friendly first impression. This shows initiative and demonstrates that you are very interested in working for that particular company. And even if some of them end up in the bin, there’s bound to be some that are passed on to the hiring powers that be, giving you a better shot at receiving a follow up call.

 

 

The most important thing about job hunting is to stick with it and be consistent. Make it a part of your daily or weekly routine and, in time, you’re sure to find something that suits what you’re looking for.

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