Job Hunting Tips from GPC

Would you believe that over 50 per cent of people hired by companies are actively seeking a new career opportunity? Unless you are incredibly lucky to be in a sought after job role, finding a new job can be incredibly challenging which is why it’s important that you have some strategies up your sleeve to find your perfect job role more quickly.

In this post, we share our top job hunting tips that you can take before you embark on your job hunt adventure so that you stand the best chance of landing your dream job.

Why is it important to have a strategy for my job search?

Looking for a new job can take time, which is why it’s so important to have a strategy in place to help you speed up the process. By having a set of strategies in place, you can put your best foot forward and continue to push your career forward.

Top tips for your job hunt

Update your resume

Updating your resume is incredibly important for your job hunt. Without an up-to-date, clear, and concise resume, hiring managers won’t get in touch with you and you could be missing out on your dream job opportunity.

The first thing you should do is look at your resume and tailor it to your career goals. If you work in a creative role, make your CV stand out with bold and beautiful fonts and if you work within business ensure it’s innovative and focuses on achievements and measurable data.

Remember, your resume isn’t permanent so keep it updated and always save it in the correct format.

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Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for

In addition to updating your resume, you should also ensure that you tailor your resume to each job that you’re applying for.

Our advice is to save a generic copy of your CV and then update it to better fit the required responsibilities and qualifications of the job role you want. You can do this by scouring the job description and adding keywords that are relevant to that role.

This is incredibly important as over 50 per cent of applicants are eliminated from their online job search by applicant tracking systems due to a lack of relevancy between the resume and job description so it’s always important to spend the extra time updating it.

Craft a compelling cover letter

Some online applications don’t need a cover letter, but many do. Although it might feel easier to not submit one, you should always write one as it’s your chance to show the company who you are and what you can do.

As difficult as they can be to write, a recruiter won’t look at your CV without one.

A cover letter may seem like a nuisance, but it forms an essential part of any job application as it gives you the chance to highlight to a potential employer why you are the best candidate for the role.

While you should never use a generic template for your cover letter, you should spend some time researching them online to see how they have been formatted. It’s also important to read through the job description and pick out keywords for your cover letter to highlight why you are the best person for the role and why they should pick you for an interview.

Make use of online job boards

Most job postings these days are online, meaning it’s much easier to find the type of job opening that you’re searching for.

You can use keywords in your job search to find opportunities that match your skills and your desired job title. Many online job boards also allow you to upload your resume and cover letters to share with employers.

Research your target companies’

Once you know exactly what type of new job it is that you’re searching for, it’s time to research what the companies you’re applying for are looking for in a prospective employee.

A great tip for your job search is to look at the company’s website and Glassdoor page as it will allow you to understand what their company culture is like. It might even give you some hints and tips on the types of questions you’ll be asked in your interview and give you a steer into salary expectations too.

Research common interview questions and practice them

Competency questions are one of the most common types of questions that job seekers will face throughout the hiring process so it’s important that you research them and develop answers that you can use with examples to demonstrate your skills, passion for your work and achievements.

When preparing, remember to use the STAR format (Situation Task Action Result) to ensure you stay on track.

Create your online career brand

Building your online brand just means showcasing your skills, expertise and passions online where employers searching for new hires can find it.

Nowadays the majority of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool to find the right candidates, and if you’re an industry professional or fresh out of university looking for your first career break, you need to be using it too.

Not only is it great for finding new job opportunities, but it’s great for networking too as it allows you to reach out to potential employers about any future opportunities within their business or industry.

Use LinkedIn to your advantage

As we already mentioned, if you’re a professional then you should be on LinkedIn. Networking online is essential in helping you to find your dream job role.

It also helps you gauge what opportunities are out there so that you can tailor your job search and CV to those types of roles.

Don’t shy away from reaching out to HR professionals on LinkedIn to find out if they will have any future opportunities, and if you know an employee working at a company that interests you, ask them for a candidate referral.

Don’t limit yourself to online applications

If you rely solely on online applications you could be job hunting for an incredible amount of time.

Often companies are already deep in their job search by the time you apply, and, in some cases, the role has already been filled.

If you’re interested in a certain company, reach out to them directly. Don’t be afraid of contacting internal recruiters or scheduling informal conversations with people at the company. When people know you’re interested, they are much more likely to contact you when an opportunity arises.

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Attend a job fair

Industry job fairs are a brilliant way to learn about a variety of companies in one go. Although they are more popular with colleges and universities, many industries also host job fairs.

Before attending the job fair, have a look at what companies will be there and learn about which types of candidates they might be searching for, as well as any opportunities they have.

Bring some printed out CVs with you as well as business cards that have your information on them so that you can be easily contacted by recruiters, and go in armed with plenty of questions for them. Showing interest will pay dividends for your career and help employers see that you are knowledgeable about the industry so being prepared and doing your research can pay off.

Final Thoughts for your job search

Job hunting can be notoriously difficult, especially if your job search situation doesn’t fit the typical one so we have a few final tips to help you stay motivated.

Positive attitude

Having a positive attitude is incredibly important for any job search. Hiring managers can sense desperation and organisations want to hire positive, skilled people.

If you are unhappy in your current role or have been unemployed for a period of time find a way to get rid of a negative attitude whilst compiling your CV and job hunting as it will only reflect badly, prolonging your search.

Consider additional training

If you have been unemployed for a certain amount of time, you may need additional training. Consider taking online courses or looking into courses at your local night school or college to help you get up-to-speed with industry standards again.

Showing that you are committed to learning will help show potential employers that you are invested in self-improvement and will go a long way in your job search.

Volunteering

If you are struggling to find work in your field, volunteering at non-profit companies can be a great way to gain experience and build contacts that can lead to a new full-time position.

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