Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 20 Job Seeking Tips for 2013

Top 20 Job Seeking Tips for 2013

Knowing the best job seeking techniques will help you significantly in locating the best jobs and securing an interview with your dream employer. There are many opinions as to the do’s and don’ts of job seeking and it can become a minefield for many who are unfamiliar with recruitment processes. As such, we have compiled the top 20 job seeking techniques of this year to help you boost your employment prospects:

  1. Devise a plan of action and stick to it! Know how many resumes you intend to send, how many employers you want to target, and how long you will spend each day job searching.
  2. Research. Find out as much as you can about the employer before you apply and attend an interview.
  3. Target your resume and tailor it to the job and employer.
  4. Preparation is key. Always prepare yourself for job interviews by researching the most commonly asked interview questions and preparing mock answers to them.
  5. Register with online job boards and recruitment sites for job alerts and updates.
  6. Subscribe to trade publications and industry magazines.
  7. Create a tailored resume for every job application and proofread it every time! Spelling and grammatical errors are unacceptable.
  8. Compile a selection of good references that you can show to recruiters upon request.
  9. Do a career or personality test online as a form of self assessment to identify the most suitable career paths you are most suited to.
  10. Research all of your career options. You may have got a degree in art, but this could still open doors for you in a host of other industries.
  11. Develop your skill set. Never be complacent, especially in a tough economic climate. It is important that you keep developing your skills and learning new things.
  12. Contact employers directly for maximum effect.
  13. Send out speculative resume applications.
  14. Be persistent and do not give up. It is important that you do not let your morale slip and always maintain a positive outlook.
  15. Prepare business/contact cards; these are important especially for networking.
  16. Network wherever possible; this includes career fairs, social events and industry seminars.
  17. Get social! It is important that you develop a solid online social media presence that promotes you as an employee in a favorable light.
  18. Brand yourself; this relates to personal branding by which you have to develop an employee brand that recruiters will immediately want o buy into.
  19. Get professional assistance. Sign up with recruitment consultancies and attend interviews with as many agencies as you can to enable them to get a good understanding of the type of job you are looking for.
  20. Follow up. Whenever you have sent a job application and you are awaiting a response, you should follow up after one week of not hearing back from the recruiter. This will show how eager you are to get an interview.
By: Emma Mackenzie

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