7 tips to minimize the job search effort
Everyone knows that job searching is a difficult work. That challenge takes much more time than you probably imagined. And along with your time it takes your sleep, your nerves and your self-confidence. So it is not a crime then if you begin to wonder: are there any tips which can minimize your job effort without affecting its effectiveness? Find some advice here.
- Use every source.
It is not shameful to search for your ideal job through friends, acquaintances and relatives. You don’t need to be obtrusive, of course. You can appropriately mention your problem during a discussion – it is perfectly acceptable and tactful. And your benefits will be really huge: after that talk you won’t do anything at all but your informal “agents” will accidentally find some options for employment suitable for you or promote you among their friends as potential employers.
- Don’t ignore recruitment agencies.
Recruitment companies can be divided into two types: 1) those who work for the employer, and 2) those who work for the applicant (in this case all services are paid by the applicant). Thus to get free employment assistance (to compose a proper CV, to obtain detailed advice on a job search, to be able to consider all available current offers from employers, etc.) you should contact the agencies working for the employer. They will find the most advantageous options which suit your experience and match your interests. The main advantage of applying to recruitment agencies is time saving, of course. And also working with big companies and famous brands. While ignoring recruitment agencies you significantly narrow your options and, consequently, reduce the efficiency of the job search.
- Find the best job search portals.
Today it is not necessary to search for vacancies on various websites, because some web-portals accumulate all the available job options (in your town or in your region or in the city of your dreams where you want to work) in one place. And even more: there are some specialized portals which accumulate all the available job options in one particular sphere of business. So if you want to work in event planning, for example, you can go to eventcv.com and find all the necessary information there. In addition those sites have a lot of useful information about the job search process, careers, self development, gaining additional skills etc.
- Subscribe to newsletters.
To facilitate the job search you can subscribe to a mailing list of vacancies that are interesting for you. It will take some time to configure the subscription settings but after that it will save you time almost every day and you won’t miss any deals.
- Don’t be too sophisticated.
When you apply for a job online, your СV first gets into the automatic system of working with documents, and only then – to a real person. And you must understand that this person will be an HR-manager. Not your future boss. So you don’t need to be meticulous in your CV, because the HR-manager does not understand the subtle nuances of your work. To be clear: describe your skills with the same words that are used in the job description and don't forget to emphasize your strengths in the areas that matter most for this particular job.
- Without a profile on LinkedIn you don't exist.
If you say that nine out of ten recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary tool for finding candidates, this would be a major understatement. The professional should not only be present in this service, but use it properly. Don't believe? Just imagine: tomorrow morning, a recruiter comes to LinkedIn and searches databases in your region, your area, your experience and skills, and you are not in the search results there. So how can your future employer find out anything about your existence and about your experience? So if you hesitate on which social tool is better to use for a job search, choose LinkedIn without a doubt. This is the best resource for job searches and staff searches for people working in companies and vice versa - for recruiters to find a job easily.
- "Thank you" is an important word.
Imagine a situation when one and the same position is claimed by two applicants, both talented who really want this job. And one of them within two hours after the interview sends everyone who participated in it a letter of thanks. And the other doesn't. Guess which candidate gets the job offer? Of course, the author of the thank you letters. If other things are equal this will be the deciding argument. And it is not the only example. Always be polite to everyone at every job interview. You never know what may happen. If you made a good impression people will remember you. And you will be the first person they recall, if the company re-starts the search for the vacancy in which you were interested but initially denied.
A job search mustn’t always be hard labor. It’s ok to make it easier and more comfortable. This will save your nerves and make you a more cheerful and pleasant person during the interview. So it would be foolish to neglect the opportunity to simplify your job search. Use all the suggested tips and you’ll find the job of your dreams easily and quickly.