Job Hunting

The secret to hunting for a job is to network! Research shows that only 20% of all jobs get advertised in newspapers or online job recruitment websites. Networking is the art of building alliances. By tapping into this “hidden job market” you will make your next job search easier.

Target your resume – when preparing for resumes, make sure it’s targeted for a particular job. Don’t just use the same resume for 10 different jobs.

Keep track of the positions you have applied for – when searching for that right job always keep track of who you have sent your resume to and who you called. You lose all credibility when a future employer calls and you have no recollection of who they are and the details of the position you have applied for.

Be prepared – Have your resume with you at all times, also it is a good idea to have fresh copies of your resume prepared in case you are called up for an interview at the last minute.

Have a buddy system – it is always a good idea to catch up with friends that are also looking for jobs. Arrange a weekly, fortnightly meeting to exchange advice and talk about accomplishments, strategies, and plans.

Follow leads immediately - If you find out about a position late in the day, call right then. Don't wait until the next day.

Know your industry - you should remain up-to-date on current issues or development in your field. Having knowledge of the latest coup in the industry is one way to impress an employer during an interview.

Stay confident – Job hunting is almost a full time job in itself. So be prepared to tough it out. Don’t be disgruntled if you get rejected, get back up and try again. It is not uncommon for job seekers to take up to 3-6 months to find the right job.

The most important thing to remember is that the job search is often like a roller coaster ride. You might find some great opportunities, only to find that positions have been filled. And, in turn, you might investigate something you don't think you're interested in, only to strike a gold mine. The important thing is to keep your confidence up, and keep pushing forward. As long as you're persistent and patient!

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