5 tips for finding employment

Finding a job can sometimes seem like one of life’s biggest challenges, particularly if you’re fresh out of education. If you’re currently job hunting, or know you are soon set to be, here are five useful tips for making your job hunt more effective.

1. Make a list of useful resources

The internet is a big place — it’s also a useful place when the time comes to search for a job. Rather than blindly trawling through Google every once in a while in the hope of finding something you want to apply for, try compiling a list of online resources that can help with your job hunt.

As well as generic job boards (Indeed, Monster, Total Jobs, etc.), try hunting down resources that focus solely on the type of work you’re interested in. This minimises the effort you have to make in the long run, as you won’t have to use filters or scroll for hours to find something that interests you.

Once your list of useful resources is complete, check them frequently for updates. Don’t neglect social media either, as LinkedIn and Twitter in particular can be great tools for discovering available roles.

2. Tailor your CV and cover letter

It may sound tiresome, but it really is important to tailor your CV and cover letter for each job you apply for. The good news is, it doesn’t always require as much effort as you might think. Almost every job advert will come with detailed information on what skills are required for the role, and what the employer is looking for in a candidate; use it to your advantage!

When talking about your skillset, make sure you include at least three of the skills they’ve identified as essential. Your CV doesn’t have to go into too much detail, so use your cover letter to discuss an example or two, briefly explaining how you have utilised that specific skill in the past.

Use the personal profile section of your CV to highlight some of the qualities you have that the employer has said they’re looking for. If there’s any skills or qualities that you don’t have, avoid mentioning them (as it’s always a bad idea to lie on your CV). Instead, you can include something about your eagerness to learn new skills should you be offered the role.

3. Take time to prepare for interviews

Presenting yourself and your achievements on paper is entirely different to discussing them with someone who is considering offering your a job. Some may find interviews easier as they’re able to express their enthusiasm and create a good impression; others may find that nerves get the better of them. Either way, interview preparation is vital.

Confidence is key, but overconfidence can harm your chance of interview success just as much as an obvious lack of it. Taking the time to research interview techniques, commonly asked questions and appropriate responses is one way of making sure you don’t come across as under or overconfident.

Researching the company in advance and setting up a mock interview session with someone you know will give you honest feedback can be useful for building confidence. If you feel you have too much to say, noting down points to discuss for different types of questions should prevent you from getting carried away.

4. Accept any invites you get

If you’re currently unemployed and in hope of securing a job as soon as possible, you may find yourself applying for roles that aren’t in the line of work you were hoping to follow. Should you be lucky enough to hear back from multiple companies, you may consider turning down certain interview invites. However, you should view these more of an opportunity than an inconvenience.

Attending an interview is the ultimate way of tackling interview preparation, and where better to practise than in a real life interview where you’re not overly bothered about the outcome? The experience will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, giving you time to work on them before attending an interview for a job you’re really keen on landing.

5. No openings? Get in contact anyway

If there’s a company you’re really interested in working for but you can’t find any open roles, try getting in contact with them anyway. You can introduce yourself, express your interest in the company, and ask that they provide you with any updates, should a role become available.

By getting in contact, you have nothing to lose. You’re getting your name on their radar (if only for a minute or two) and receiving a response opens up the chance to say ‘Hi, we spoke a few months back regarding…’ in the future. This highlights your dedication and genuine interest in the company and will reflect positively when the time is right.