Smart Job Hunting Tips


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smart job hunting tips a lot of us aren t as smart as we could be when it comes to finding a new job it s not that we re incapable of being smarter it s just that we re yet to figure out the importance of being smart in a job search or what being smart in this context actually means do we really understand for instance that smart doesn t necessarily mean fast take a look at these pointers on how to find a job the smart way 1 smart doesn t necessarily mean fast the frantic activity of ringing up recruitment agencies filling in endless job applications and scanning dozens of job boards won t automatically lead you to your target career taking time to plan research and to tailor each individual application will be a lot more effective 2 don t rely on recruiters although it may be tempting to use recruitment agencies or headhunters you can t rely on them to magic up a job for you your cv is just one of hundreds to them given that they have so many candidates to choose from you cannot depend on this as your only route to finding a new career 3 be selective when job hunting many of us believe it s necessary to throw our cv out to as many people as possible this isn t the case just as you should be selective about how many different careers you target you should be selective about how many employers or contacts you target with your cv follow us @posignition


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4 keep your cv up to date whether career changing or just job searching be sure your cv is relevant and targeted to the roles you re going for don t forget to update it with the details of your current or most recent position including the new skills and competencies you ve picked up in that role 5 research each company specifically each time you secure an interview research the organisation even if you have already researched the company when planning and preparing your application to it research it again it cannot be stressed enough the importance of really knowing about the business before you go to the interview look at the company s website its linkedin profile and any recent press on it then think about what you have learnt 6 practise interviews prepare for the actual process of being interviewed by running through a few mock interview sessions with a career guide friend or current/old colleague alternatively practice answering possible questions whilst looking in the mirror correct your tone of voice use of vocabulary and your body language as you go along running through a list of questions several times 7 have two-way conversations during the interview remember that it is a two-way conversation don t give monosyllabic answers but don t go to the other extreme by talking at the interviewers and dominating the conversation excessively 8 stay positive even if you don t get job offers straight away try to think positively about it try to remember that just because opportunities aren t instantly flooding in it doesn t mean you ve made the wrong career choice or that no one out there believes you can shift to this particular career be patient and know that any kind of search for the right job can take time this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies please contact for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition



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