101 Tips for Job Searchers

101 tips for job searchers                                                                                 

Choosing a career:                                                                                               

1. Pick a career that suits your personality

2. Take a personality type test to match your skills to a job role

3. Write a list of criteria you would like in your career and match these against job specifications

4. If you are unsure on your career goal visit a careers coach

5. Look at LMI articles, check which careers will be here in the future, in these changing employment times

6. Volunteer to gain experience (and to check if you enjoy the job/industry)

7. Read a job profile to find out which skills are needed for your industry

8. Become an industry expert by signing up to industry blogs, tweets, Google alerts

9. Check if you have the essential qualifications required for the position you are applying for

10. Learn industry jargon and the meaning of acronyms                                                          

Job Searching                                                                          

11. Attend networking events and collect contacts

12. Sign up to industry news feed (find out which companies are recruiting or downsizing)

13. Google “industry name” and “location” for links to job adverts

14. Post your CV on job search websites and let them e-mail you vacancies

15. Sign up to several job agencies, allow the professionals to find you vacancies

16. Attend industry job fairs

17. Apply online using job search engines

18. Look in job papers and industry magazines                                   

19. Write an action plan with SMART targets

20. Use the Secrets of Employment E-book as a guide to gaining work

21. Apply for unadvertised vacancies by sending a speculative letter and CV to companies in your industry

22. Look on company websites (under careers or jobs) for vacancies

23. Tell friends and family you are job searching

24. Use social networking sites to sell yourself and to find vacancies

25. Telephone past employers to ask if they know about any industry companies recruiting

26. Continue to job search until you gain a job offer in writing                                             

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CV and Cover Letter                                                                                             

27. Write a targeted CV and cover letter                                    

28. Always send a cover letter with your CV

29. Check your CV especially your contact details before you use it to apply for vacancies

30. Update your CV throughout your career progression, have your CV reviewed for free

31. Use the same font and font size on your CV and cover letter

32. Just record “years” on your employment history to help delete small amounts of unemployment

33. Use your cover letter as a guide to writing a speculative letter

34. Break up your CV text by using headings and bullet points; use a good CV Tempalte to help you write your CV

35. Edit your personal profile as a “sales profile” record what you can offer the employer-this is your selling point, the reason why they should employee you

36. Match your skills and qualities to the job specification-especially the essential criteria

37. Research the company you are apply to and record a paragraph on the company’s achievements on your covering letter

38. Send your CV as a PDF as some old computer systems will not be able to read your text on an open document

39. Only record positive achievements on both your CV and covering letter

40. Sign your covering letter

41. When e-mailing a CV, put your covering letter as the main body of the e-mail, not as an attachment

42. Inform your referees to prepare your references                                              

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Application Form’s                                                                         

43. Follow all the instructions on the application form

44. Only write using a black pen

45. Take a copy of the application form to write a mock application form, this will also help you check if your text fits into the application form boxes

46. Index all additional pages on the application form

47. When completing online application forms save a copy of your personal profile on your desk top to save time on your next application form

48. Match your personal profile to the job specification ensuring you mention all essential criteria

49. Break up your personal profile text with headings

50. As with a CV, send a covering letter with your application form

51. Check if you need to send any documents with your application form

52. Tick the disability box if you have a disability as some employers will guarantee you an interview if you meet the essential criteria

53. If you have a “spent” criminal record, tick “no” to the question “do you have a criminal record” in some industries they will ask you if you have a “spent record”

54. Never lie on an application form

55. Always sign your application form

Applying for vacancies on the telephone

56. Be prepared for a short online telephone interview (normally around 4-5 questions)

57. Stand up and smile, research has proven that your voice carries better by doing this

58. Dress for an interview as an outfit can put you into an “interview/business” frame of mind

59. Have a pen and paper ready, in case the employer passes you on any information such as an interview date

60. Prepare your CV by highlighting any selected information you want to discuss

61. Have a list of question ready-remember an interview can’t see what you have prepared on the phone

62. Complete a mock telephone interview with a friend or careers advisor

63. Have a quite room prepared (put a do not disturb sign on the door)

64. Turn off your mobile phone (use a land line to ensure you do not lose the signal)

65. Check that the room is quite from outside noise; close windows, turn of TV                

Job Interviews                                                    

66. Prepare your interview clothes-first impression count

67. Complete a mock run to the interview venue

68. Take a copy of your CV to the interview in a smart looking case

69. Polish your shoes – sometimes the little things count

70. Brush your teeth, no one likes bad breath

71. Practice your interview questions and answer                                                                 

72. Complete a mock interview                                                                     

73. Create a list of questions to ask the interviewer                                   

74. Never give just a “yes” or “no” answer, always back this up with the reason why                                   

75. Only give positive answers even to negative questions                      

76. Shake hands and introduce yourself to the interviewer                            

77. Smile throughout the interview                                                           

78. Copy the interviewers body language as this creates rapport

79. Never interrupt the interviewer

80. Ask the interviewer to repeat any questions you don’t understand

81. Be prepared for a panel interview

82. Look at all interviewers when answering a question on a panel interview

83. In customer service roles be prepared for a group interview

84. During group interviews, listen to others and give your own ideas

85. Practice numeracy, literacy and ITC test as many employers use these during the interview process

86. Visualise yourself being positive in interview before the interview, creating self confidence                

87. Thank the interviewer for the interview                                          

88. Shake hands before you leave the interview                                        

89. Be prepared for a follow up interview and be prepared to re-answer the same questions

90. Apply for a job you know you will gain an interview in even if you do not want this job, use this interview to get rid of “first interview nervous” and to practice answering interview questions                                           

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After the interview                                                                                                           

91. Reflect on your interview-what went well, what should I improve?

92. Write down your good answers, as preparation for your next interview

93. Follow all interviews up with a phone call if you do not hear about the outcome of the interview

94. When not successful, gain feedback from the interviewer

95. Act on the feedback given by the interviewer

96. Complete a new mock interview, now you know what questions you will be asked

97. Continue to job search until you find your ideal job role

98. Once in employment gain any relevant industry qualifications on offer

99. Gain a positive work identity (be known for being a good worker not the joker)

100. Always look forward and aim for promotions, set yourself job goals

101. Continue to network and gain relevant employment contacts

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