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Boost your chances of netting the job you want with a few insider tricks and tips.
1. Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile
Even if you’re not keen on the rest of social media, there’s one platform you should be on as a job-hunter and that’s LinkedIn. Not only will you be able to see where former colleagues and contacts are working – who may be able to recommend you, or let you know about potential openings – you can sign up for notifications of jobs that fit your criteria, so you won’t miss any.
2. Write a current CV
Whenever you take a course or work on a project, add it to your CV. Keeping your CV current means it’s always ready to be sent to a potential employer. If you have time, tweak it for each application – tailoring it to the job will convince recruiters that you’re the right person.
3. Practise a positive attitude
If you’ve been job-hunting for a while, it’s easy to start to feel discouraged. Unfortunately, a lack of confidence speaks volumes in interviews, so try to ‘fake it til you make it’. Remind yourself why you’re suitable for each job and the great skills you have that would make you an asset to any company.
4. Keep learning
Skills we don’t use can become dull over time, so a good way to be more employable is to keep refreshing and updating what you know – as well as learning more where you can. Put aside some time each day, and try online courses, new tasks in software programmes or even a class at college. Research the desirable skills potential employers ask for, and start ticking them off your list.
5. Find opportunities
Just applying for advertised jobs limits your potential pool, and will mean you’re in competition with more people. Give yourself a better chance by approaching companies you’d like to work for and those who are already recruiting in one area of their business. Just by taking the initiative, you’ll appear instantly more employable.
6. Dress to impress
We know you’re a pro but your outfit should always say the same. First impressions count, so dressing smartly for interviews, and even when dropping in applications, will make you seem more professional.
Time to get social – joining forums and groups online in your industry are a great way to know what’s going on, meet new people and hear about potential jobs. Networking events in real life are also great for making contacts. Make sure your social media profiles aren’t losing jobs for you – controversial or unprofessional posts can put employers off.
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