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New year, new job? If you’re looking to land your dream job in 2022, we have compiled lots of job searching tips so you can kick-start your job hunt. From CVs to interviews, and networking to social media, we have lots of recommendations for you to follow. 

 

Treat job searching like a job 

Job hunting can be a big task that requires lots of time and effort. You should treat it like a project or job; stick to a schedule, write a list of tasks that you need to do and set yourself deadlines. Be consistent, it will be worth it in the end. 

  

Tailor your CV, cover letter and application to every job you apply for 

Don’t reuse the same CV. Use similar keywords to the job ad and rearrange your skills so your best matched ones appear at the top. 

  

Optimise your LinkedIn profile and include your experience and skills 

Add any relevant experience, education, certifications and skills to your profile, ask for recommendations and write a good short bio in the ‘about’ section. Also, you can switch on the ‘open to finding a new job’ feature, select a headshot as your profile picture that looks professional, add featured posts to your profile and set up job alerts for relevant job titles that you’re looking for. 

  

Connect and network with people in your industry 

Utilise time to open up conversations and communicate with people in your industry and engage with relevant content on social media. 

  

Optimise your CV 

There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you make a great impression with your CV. You should check it’s up to date and keep it succinct. Include relevant keywords from the job description and highlight your key achievements. Finally, proofread it over and over again to check for any mistakes. 

  

Learn new skills to add to your CV 

There are lots of industry-specific online courses (and quite a few that are free) that you can complete and grow your skill set. These can be great additions to your CV to make it stand out from the crowd.  

  

Build your personal brand 

Employers may not only look at CVs and portfolios but social media profiles too. Dedicate time to boost your personal brand by sharing relevant news, commenting on posts and creating original content. This shows that you’re actively engaging in your industry.  

  

Be prepared for virtual interviews 

If you are invited to a virtual interview, make sure you dedicate some time to prepare for it. You should test your technology and internet connection beforehand plus check your surroundings and find a neutral background.  

  

Define your career goals 

What are you looking for and what is important to you? If you have career goals in mind, it will help you to identify what you want your career path to look like so you can stay on track during your job search. This could even include what benefits you would be looking for at a potential new company.  

  

Contact a recruitment agency  

If you’re looking for a new role, contact a specialist recruitment agency (like us) to see if they are recruiting for any roles that match with what you are looking for. You can also register with them so they can get in touch if anything suitable comes up.  

  

Make sure you have a list of questions 

Don’t be the person who gets to the end of an interview and has nothing to ask the interviewer. Prepare in advance, do lots of research about the company beforehand and have some questions in mind so you can show your interest.  

  

Evaluate your transferable skills  

Are you finding the market really competitive when applying for roles? Evaluate your transferable skills to see if you could open up your job search and look for similar roles in different industries. You never know where your career journey could lead to.  

  

Plan your job search in advance  

Plan ahead and schedule time in advance so you can stay on track during your job hunt. This could include designating some time to review your CV, network, search for roles and apply for relevant opportunities.  

  

Consider freelancing 

If you’re looking for a new role, have you considered freelance or temporary employment? This could be a great opportunity for you to learn valuable skills to add to your CV and network. To get started, join a specialist freelance recruitment agency in your sector. 

  

Stay positive and motivated  

Being rejected is ok and all part of the process. Take on feedback, try your best and keep going. You will get there!  

  

If you are looking for a new job, check out the wide selection of jobs that we are recruiting for in a variety of sectors here or get in touch with our expert consultants on [email protected]

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