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5 great ways to ramp up your job search

5 great ways to ramp up your job search

02 May 12:00 by James Walton

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Trying to find a new job today using the same old methods people used to use might no longer work. In a competitive job market, you need to use every tactic going to make sure you get the right job for you. Using the best methods for today’s job market can make all the difference when it comes to securing a new position. So, take a look below, and find out 5 great ways you can ramp up your job search.

#1 Keep going and use your time wisely

Think of the job search like a job itself. Set aside time each day to look for potential positions, research companies and build your network.  But, it’s important to have a plan as well. Spending hour after hour applying for jobs that you don’t really want is just a waste of time. Have a clear idea of the type of position you want and think about the steps you need to take to get there.

#2 Get your research right

Planning ahead in your job search is one of the best ways to make sure it is a success for you. You’ll need to research every stage of the application process. This covers everything from the job descriptions and the qualifications you need, right through to details about the company you want to work for.

#3 Check and double check everything you send-off

Application forms, CVs, cover letters, emails. They all need to be proof read before you send them off. Simple things, like spelling mistakes, can put you on the back foot with potential employers and could even mean your application ends up in the bin. Also, you want to double check all you contact details are right. Nothing worse than a hiring manager not being able to get in touch with you, it might result in you missing interviews.

#4 Get involved on social media

LinkedIn and Twitter are the main ones for job hunters, but there are opportunities advertised on other social media sites as well. Top tips for using social media in your job hunt include starting conversations with potential employers and using the search facilities to see what jobs are currently being advertised. Even if you don’t use social media to find a job, having properly set-up accounts can be invaluable if potential employers decide to try and find a bit more about you.

#5 Get in touch with a specialist recruiting agency

When looking for a new job, good recruiting agencies can prove to be invaluable. A recruiting agency will be able to help you find the right job for you. They will know about fantastic vacancies before they are openly advertised, so making contact can put you ahead when it comes to applying. In particular, recruiting agencies that specialise in the areas you want to work will have all the industry related expertise to help you out.

As well as ways of improving your job search, here are a few techniques that are best left in the past:

#1 Not bothering to find out the hiring manager’s name

If you’re not going to take the time to find out a person’s name for a cover letter or email, why should they take the time to interview you? Nowadays it normally takes a quick look on LinkedIn or perhaps a phone call to find out who you need to send your application to. It definitely looks a lot better than an old fashioned ‘Dear Sir or Madam’.

#2 Not tailoring your application to the specific role

Generic CVs and cover letters suggest you’re not really interested in the role you’ve applied for. Do your research into the company and the role, and then you’ll be in a much better position to make an interesting, engaging application.

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