The one thing no one tells you about finding a job, is that it’s a job in itself. Crawling through job listings, writing application answers and tailoring your CV for each job; it’s exhausting. I found myself having to set aside a day every week just to go through it all. The worst thing is discovering the job advert for your dream job only to find out that it closes tomorrow (or even worse yesterday). It’s so tough out there now; job listings are often only live for a week or so; it’s imperative to be quick. You can nail your job search though by following a few tips.
Take your time
Firstly, set aside some time where you can go through all the possible jobs you’d like to apply for and make sure each application is good enough. Treat that application like an essay; no spelling mistakes and make sure it tells the recruiter what it is about you that makes you perfect for the role.
Master that CV
CVs are one area everyone struggles to get right. Even I’m not sure I have the formula right but the most important thing to remember are accuracy and relevancy. Do you still need your GCSEs or first job on there? If your experience is limited then it might help. But as a rule of thumb, only have information on there that is relevant to the sector that you’re trying to get into.
Hobbies and volunteering can be equally important if they say something about you. You might not want to hear this but really you should have a different CV for each job you apply for. This is especially important if you’re looking at multiple sectors and roles. What’s relevant for one won’t be the same for another.
If you have a flexible CV you can tailor different bits and cut and paste bits that are relevant for each role. Consider using the Highlighter System to make sure your CV is relevant.
Location, location, location
Try and broaden your location searches. Can you work a bit further away from home or even move if the dream job appears? Decide on your priorities and more possibilities may open up to you. On the other hand, if you are only looking in the big cities you might be limiting yourself. I live in a town 20 miles out of Bristol and assumed that when I got a ‘graduate’ job it would be in Bristol.
However, the Managing Director of my new company Purplex is very keen for people who have skills in areas such as digital marketing to not have to commute. Why should we? Make sure you’ve given your local town a chance. Starting in a smaller local company could be just as rewarding as a larger one in a city.
Focus on you
Don’t stress too much. In my previous blog I wrote that job searching got me down a bit. You have to give yourself time to unwind, relax and do things that make you happy. Take on a new hobby or sport. Is there something you could be doing that will help your career opportunities? Think about blogging, doing a distance-learning course or improving your social media skills.
Whatever you do, remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You might not go straight into the job you always imagined you would, but one day you’ll find the one right for you.