When it comes to job hunting, the smart money is on those candidates who manage to achieve maximum results with minimum effort. Increase your chances of getting the role that you want and take all the hassle out of the process, with out top tips for job hunting.
Donâ€™t just wait for the work to come to you. It might sound like a lot of effort but actually youâ€™re saving yourself time to go proactively seeking jobs rather than applying at the same time as everyone else. You may be able to apply for a role before others get the chance to or you might simply benefit from demonstrating enthusiasm or being the first CV in the pile â€“ search for opportunities via social media, the websites of the companies you want to work for, by contacting HR teams and looking for signs that a company might be recruiting, such as deal news, new partnerships or client announcements.
Network heartily. This doesnâ€™t mean standing around in stuffy rooms clutching a glass of warm wine. Make sure your social media profiles are up to date and compelling and make contacts online. Donâ€™t waste your energy attending every event in your industry, research those that are likely to have the best attendees for connections and then go and perform at your networking best for a couple of hours and come home with all the connections you need without breaking a sweat.
How can you stand out? Yes, most CVs need to tick certain boxes for certain jobs but you also need to make sure there is something that differentiates you from the rest. You might want to start your CV with a short, compelling personal statement, or you could even opt for a gimmick â€“ send your CV with some Easter chocolate, for example.
Focus on the company, not the job. If you know you want to work for a specific business then become their biggest fan. Interact with them via social media, be a brand ambassador and contribute to their digital marketing. Brands want employees to love their products and services as much as they do so this is a great way to get noticed.
Create your own job. This is ambitious but if you think a company is lacking a certain position then tell them about it. Youâ€™ll need to back this up by researching the business, and the market, stating what theyâ€™re missing out on without it and what benefits you would bring. Make sure you communicate this to the right person too â€“ itâ€™s usually better sent to a partner/manager level employee, rather than HR or recruitment.