Job search action plan
It is often said that finding work is a full time job in itself. It may be tempting to shoot in the dark and apply for anything and everything you come across, but approaching the job search more strategically could really help you in the long run. Workforce development specialist TCHC has some tips for streamlining the process over the course of a week.
Day One: Prepare your CV. You will need to tailor your resume to each job role that you apply for, but making sure you’ve got the bare bones of your work history on paper is the first step to job hunting success! Include your education background and any special interests, as these can create a talking point at interviews.
Day Two: Get online. The internet is a great place to start your job search in earnest, with scores of websites advertising positions around the country. Many of them will also allow you to create a profile, so you can have job adverts delivered to your email inbox on a daily basis. If you don’t have a computer, get yourself to your local library where you can browse the web for free.
Day Three: Network, network, network. As the old saying goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” – so it’s really important to meet people in your preferred industries when looking for a new job. There are networking groups in most towns, and a quick internet search will find one which is right for you.
Day Four: Read all about it! Many companies still rely on the print press to advertise their vacancies, so make sure you know exactly when your local newspaper has its regular job section. Sending in your CV on the day the job ad comes out will show you are keen – so act fast!
Day Five: Take a chance. A lot of businesses don’t advertise at all and rely on word of mouth to find their dream candidate. If there are particular companies that you would like to work for, try sending a speculative letter to enquire about possible vacancies – you never know, it might be just the right time.
Once your busy week is over, take a moment to reflect on your efforts. Consider what is working for you and what isn’t, and hone your search to ensure it is as effective as possible. And good luck!
TCHC offers training and advice to help you to find a new job. Visit www.tchc.net or call 01923 698430 for further information.
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