Feeling frustrated with your job hunt? Perhaps you’ve sent CVs to dozens of companies to no avail or maybe you’re just getting started and you want some tips on how to do it correctly. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Before you send out any more CVs, take a look at these four crucial tips that will help you land the perfect job without breaking too much of a sweat.
Talking to other people and building relationships with them can be a scary task. However, it’s also one of the most effective ways of finding work. In fact, research has shown that in most industries, around 80% of people find jobs through networking. Most professionals and amateurs alike network using social media such as LinkedIn, which was created for that very purpose.
If the idea of putting yourself out there on social media or other public outlets gives you anxiety, then it’s best to start with friends and family. Ask them if they know any people in the field you’re aiming to work in and get them to introduce you. The obvious benefit here is that you get friends and families to initially pitch for you.
Talk to Recruiters
These professional agencies usually focused on a specific industry, have close connections with a large number of employers. They will be able to connect you with multiple companies at once, based on your qualifications. For example, if you’re applying for the position of Property Manager, then property recruitment agencies can forward your CV to several employers who’ve filed a vacancy for that position.
Professional recruiters don’t just forward your application, they also help you edit your CV to make it more appealing to employers, prepare you for interviews and give valuable insight on specific industries and the job market.
Companies are very reluctant to hire if you don’t have enough experience. This leads to a rather confusing problem because you need a job to gain experience in the first place. If this is the case, freelancing is a very effective way to show companies that not only can you do the required work but you are also good at communicating with clients and meeting deadlines.
Nowadays, there are many freelance platforms available online where you can advertise your skills to potential clients. Additionally, you can reach out to your friends and family with samples of your work so they can pass them on to prospective clients on your behalf.
Intern or Volunteer
If you’re just out of college or are in your senior year, internships and volunteering opportunities are an ideal way to get some initial job exposure, regardless of whether you get paid or not. They are usually a very good opportunity to network with important peers in your line of work, which you can later make use of when you’re ready to find a full-time job. If your performance as an intern or volunteer is satisfactory you may even be allowed to apply for openings in the same company.
All of the tips in this article have one thing in common- they require you to put yourself forward and be proactive. Job hunting usually requires a much greater commitment than just submitting a mediocre CV. You have to demonstrate to prospective employers that you’re really want to be employed and are willing to put in the work for it.