Job seekers, its time you have the ideal job searching day. Stop wasting time, applying for the wrong job, rushing applications or missing out on potentially great roles because of a bad job searching technique.
Follow our suggested tips and structure to have the most efficient job searching day!
Job searching day:
1. Get up early, its time to be productive.
The sun is shining, the birds are awake – its time to get out of bed!
Start your day as if you’re getting ready for a day at work. Get up early, make breakfast, get showered, dressed and begin your job search. This will make a substantial amount of difference in productiveness. Rather than someone who rolls out of bed and opens their laptop.
You’ll hopefully feel refreshed and focused ready for the tasks of the day.
2. Find your workspace
Where do you work best? If you were working from home for the day, where would be your best work spot? The office, kitchen, living room? It’s most effective to find somewhere that’s quiet, clear from distractions and has the best wifi connection!
3. Write down your aims for the day
What do you want to achieve by the end of the day?
Is it time to update your CV? Do you want to search for different job roles? Do you need to do some specific role research or industry knowledge that could really give your application an extra boost? All of these suggestions are great first steps in your job searching day.
To really boost productivity list your “crucial results” for the day. This is generally a list of objectives you need to complete by the end of the day. In order for your projects and goals to move forward.
4. Start looking
The perfect job is hard to come by… BUT not if you know where to look.
There are many different routes you can take. Here are some top picks with proven job success.
Job boards – create an account and upload your CV.
Social media – LinkedIn is the ultimate professional social media platform. Many employers advertise vacancies on LinkedIn because of its ease and ability to find out more about a candidate via their profile page.
Twitter and Facebook also regularly feature job roles. So follow your favourite organisation’s careers account and keep up to date with job openings.
Recruitment agencies – let recruiters do the hard work for you. They’re talented in matching candidates to the right role and are always happy to help.
Employer career portals – many organisations will advertise live vacancies on their website, no matter how large or small a company. So if you have somewhere in mind where you want to work, check their website daily and sign up to their job alerts.
5. Found something you like? Start tailoring your CV
A one-size-fits-all tactic is not effective in applying for multiple different jobs. It’s important you make the necessary adjustments to your CV and ensure your skills section, experience and opening bio all reflect points from the job advert.
You can also use this time to do some company research. Look into their values, beliefs and any other additional information you can find. The more you know the more convincing your job application will be.
6. Understand the hiring process
Is it a case of a simple CV upload or does it require a little more detail? In some instances, there are cover letter requirements, tests, and application questions. All of which will require more thought, time and detail. This can’t be rushed and it’s vital you give yourself plenty of time to prepare beforehand.
If you feel ready, then apply! Double-check everything is correct and that there are no spelling or grammatical errors. After this, you’ll be ready to submit your job application.
8. Carry on looking
Just because you have applied for one job it does not mean your job search is over. Carry on looking until you have a secure job offer. Keep your options open and apply for different roles to help you find a job faster.
Continue to network within your industry of choice. You can attend events, meet professions and start conversations within your LinkedIn circle.
If you are a candidate with less experience, its beneficial to utilise a university careers service, a jobcentre or even family and friends for any job opportunities they may be aware of.
10. Take a break
Remember to take some time out. If you work solidly for hours on end, it’s not the most productive use of your time. You’ll lose concentration and motivation. This can consequently cause you to become disinterested in what you’re doing.
Searching for a job is difficult but it’s made even harder when you don’t prepare fully. Structure your day, be organised and follow the mentioned steps to help propel your job search.