So, you want a new job but the thought of actually starting the search is spine-chilling, like watching the whole Scream series home alone. Well, we come bearing gifts in the form of useful tips to take that fright factor away, ease the process and get you on the job hunting bandwagon to that next role.
If you’re currently unemployed:
It’s nothing new that offering your skills, knowledge and time for free can have major benefits for job seekers, especially if you’ve been out of work for a while. This is an opportunity to get back into the swing of things and hone in on your skills. It could also lead you to a new career you hadn’t thought of previously – who knows what door could open as a result.
This method can get the ball rolling on your job hunt, as meeting new people is always a plus and there could be chance to get a foot-in-the-door. Networking is just another version of a job application, but instead you could be in front of a potential employer, whether it’s through social media like LinkedIn or at an event.
Freelancing is a big business nowadays and if you’ve been out of the working environment, this is another way to fine tune your skills or learn new ones. You could even make your hobby a reality – whether that’s knitting scarfs, proofreading documents or web development. Freelancing is a great way to sell your services and if you’re unemployed, a few extra pennies during the job hunt can really make a difference as well as keeping your skills up-to-date.
If you’re currently employed:
All of the above is still relevant, but if you’re working full-time, it may not be all that easy, so first things first…
Make a plan
Everyone needs a plan, and you need to manage your time well around your current employment. That means setting yourself a goal of say so many applications a week, attending a networking event or researching potential roles. Don’t overdo it though otherwise you will end up rushing applications, thus affecting the content.
Narrow your search
Once you have a strategic plan of ‘job hunting’ per se, you then need to make sure you’re not wasting your time on applications for roles you don’t want. Try to narrow your search down to company’s you want to work for or the sector you’re interested in. If you’re unsure, have a think about your skills and experience and go from there.
Obviously, you can’t carry out your plan if your CV or LinkedIn isn’t up-to-date. Make sure all your skills, experience are qualifications are on there. However, if you’re unsure on layouts, have a research online and don’t forget to change your CV depending on what company or sector you’re applying for.
There you have it, the useful tips to get you back on track. Stop panicking, your next role is now closer than you think.
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