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The Best Ways to Look for a Job

It’s no secret that finding a job can be extremely difficult, even if you have all the necessary qualifications and past experience. In fact, research has shown that it’s becoming increasingly harder to get your foot in the door.

But if you’re a hardworking, qualified and highly experienced professional looking for a job in your chosen field, never fear, because we have a few ways you can boost your chances of being noticed.

Get on LinkedIn

Think of LinkedIn as Facebook’s professional twin – a networking site where, instead of posting pictures of your nights out, you share your skills, qualifications and other information that makes you seem desirable to potential employers. Create a profile and join the millions of people throughout the world who are using it as a way to connect with industry peers in order to reach new opportunities and roles. By making your profile sharp, engaging and professional you are putting yourself on track to get noticed for all the right reasons.

Build your network of contacts

So, you have a LinkedIn profile and are connecting with people left, right and centre – but what about your real life connections? It sounds cliché, but the truth is that in most industries, opportunities really do come more frequently to those who make the effort to network with others. There are many different ways to do this, from going to functions and events attended by peers, to simply striking up a conversation so they remember your face. Effective networking puts you in the know with who is hiring and makes sure you’re recognised by people who matter.

Search online job listings

Seek, Indeed, Gumtree, Jora – there are many different online job directories where you can search hundreds of openings in your field. These options make applying for roles convenient and easy, with many taking little more than just a click of a button to fill out the application. However, the downside to this strategy is that there are dozens if not hundreds of people applying for the same position as you, so it’s important to make your resume and cover letter stand out for all the right reasons as much as possible.

Check your local newspaper

Sometimes you just have to go back to the basics. While it is true that most things are digital these days, certain industries do sometimes advertise job openings in print form. This is particularly true for companies run by people of the older generation, as they may have been doing it this way for years. There’s no harm in checking your local job ads because you might just find a gem that has been overlooked by others who sticked solely to online hunting.

Go straight to the source

We all have certain companies who we would love to work for, so instead of waiting for their listings to pop up on Seek, visit their website or social media page yourself. Bookmark the places where they are likely to advertise ­– their ‘career’ page, LinkedIn profile, Twitter or Facebook – and make it a habit to regularly check them for any news of openings. This ensures that when there is a position vacant, you will be in the know.

Put Facebook to good use

Yes, this social networking site can be used for more than just sharing cute videos of small animals. By joining groups for your industry or profession, you connect yourself with a whole range of people interested in the same things you are. Not only will you be able to find useful resources that allow you to increase your knowledge and skills, but they put you in the know when certain companies are hiring.

Hit the pavement

This one is seriously old school, but if all else fails it’s definitely worth a shot. Dedicate a day to traveling around and personally delivering resumes and cover letters to the companies you would be happy working for. This shows initiative, drive and a willingness to work and can really make you stand out to an employer. While it may seem like a daunting way to go about things, remember that even if only a few of the resumes you hand out are actually looked at, that’s worthwhile exposure that you previously didn’t have.

Ultimately, there are a multitude of options when it comes to searching for jobs in your industry. Make a habit of sitting down and putting in the hard yards each and every week and feel confident that you’re doing all you can to secure a new gig.

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